Local and national carer organisations

As a carer it’s really important you know that you are not on your own. Talking with others, whether with family members, friends or professionals, can help increase your confidence and remind you that you're not alone or isolated.

There are lots of local and national organisations out there to support you in a variety of difference ways.

Local organisations

East Sussex

Care for the Carers

Tel: 01323 738390

Web: www.cftc.org.uk

West Sussex

Carers Support West Sussex

Tel: 0300 028 8888

Web: www.carerssupport.org.uk

Brighton and Hove

Friends, family and carers support group at Mill View Hospital

A support group run by our occupational therapy team at Mill View Hospital for:

  • Friends, family and carers of people who use adult mental health services in Brighton & Hove
  • Friends, family and carers of people who use Sussex Partnership adult mental health services outside of Brighton & Hove, but where Mill View is the nearest hospital for the carer

The group aims to provide emotional support and practical advice by and for carers. We meet on the first Friday of every month from 2.30 to 4pm.

"I never thought I would find myself coming to this kind of group, but eventually decided to give it a go. I found somewhere friendly and safe to share what often turns out to be quite similar experiences (good and bad!) and - an unexpected plus - to actually feel cared about" Quote from group member.

For more information or to join our mailing list please contact:

Carers Hub for Brighton and Hove

Tel: 01273 977000

Web: www.carershub.co.uk 

Changes Ahead – Mental Health Carers Action and Support Group

Changes Ahead is a carer led service funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and operated by the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove. They aim to help family, friends and carers to regain control of their lives and promote independence, recovery and a future for the person they care for. They also provide opportunities for social interaction and self-care with others who are in a similar situation.

Tel: 07511 858722

Email: changesahead@thecarerscentre.org.uk  

National organisations 

Carers UK

Tel: 0207 922 8000

Web: www.carersuk.org

Carers Trust

Web: carers.org

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Tel: 0844 800 4361

Web: www.carers.org


Tel: 0845 766 0163

Web: www.mindcharity.co.uk


Tel: 0845 456 0455

Web: www.rethink.org

The Meriden Family Programme

The Meriden Family Programme and Rethink have created a new resource called Caring for Yourself. This has been developed to help carers, family and friends who support someone with a mental health problem.

Caring for Yourself is a self-help workbook in eight parts that can be used in an entirely flexible way.