Celebration event brings together patients, carers and staff

Two members of staff and a carer at the Amberstone carers awareness dayPatients, carers and NHS staff have gathered to mark Carers Rights Day at a local mental health hospital in East Sussex to celebrate the amazing job carers do to support their loved ones through mental health difficulties.  

Last month, staff at Amberstone in Hailsham provided an afternoon for family and friend carers to come together and meet with staff who provide inpatient care to help people recover from long-term mental health issues and support them back into the community.

Amberstone is a mental health rehabilitation hospital run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services to all ages in Sussex and children and young people in Hampshire.

Each year Carers Rights Day brings organisations together to help carers in the local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.

The day of celebration welcomed patients and their families to share a coffee and cake afternoon with a raffle and fantastic prizes up for grabs, including vouchers donated by local businesses.

A representative from Care for the Carers provided support to signpost and raise awareness of the many services that are available to help carers in their caring role.  

Liz Discombe, Matron at Amberstone said, "The team at the hospital were pleased to invite family and friend carers into the hospital to celebrate the invaluable role carers play and to spend time together to talk about the support that is available for carers.

"We were over the moon to welcome Town Mayor Paul Holbrook as our special guest who took the time at short notice to join the celebration and speak with patients, carers and staff, which really added value to the day.

"Thank you to everyone for coming along and making it such a special day."

Find out more below about the specialist mental health support provided at Amberstone