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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Work and Mental Health


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Carers are usually defined as people who provide unpaid, practical and/or emotional support to someone with a mental health problem.  You may find the ‘Worker’ section of this website helpful when the person you care for is preparing to start or return to work.  There are also links to organisations that provide general services and support for carers. 

Links to resources

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is a network of 144 independently-managed Carers' Centres, 89 young carers' services and interactive websites  which deliver around the clock support to over 424,000 carers and approximately 25,000 young carers.  The Trust website has information specifically for people caring for someone with mental health and related conditions. It also works jointly with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the ‘Partners in Care’ campaign, which has produced resources for carer and information for health professionals to improve their work with carers. 

Royal College of Psychiatrists ‘Partners in Care’, Carers and confidentiality in mental health leaflet  is about confidentiality issues which arise between mental health professionals and carers of adults with mental health problems, in particular those who provide on-going help and support, without payment, to a relative, partner or friend.  It was produced as part of the ‘Partners in Care campaign, a joint initiative between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
 

A checklist for carers of people with mental health problems

This leaflet includes checklists of the sort of questions carers might want to ask or to think about in preparation for meeting with the psychiatrist and other members of the mental health team.

 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Mental Health Information for all section of the website includes links to leaflets and other resources such as podcasts and key facts on a wide range of topics.  The College is a source of evidence based, accessible and up-to-date information that has been developed through joint working between health professionals and the Service User and Carer Forum.  

Caring for someone

This is the part of the Government Directgov website with information for carers.  It includes information on carers’ rights and financial support. 


Carers Direct – NHS Choices

Carers Direct is the part of the NHS Choices website with information, support and advice for carers.  It includes links to the confidential Carers Direct helpline as well as links to local support services. 

 

Crossroads Care is a voluntary organisation which provides support for carers and the people they care for. 
Crossroads Care Wales is part of the Crossroads Care Association and works in every local authority area across Wales. 
Crossroads Caring Scotland provides practical support for carers through a network of local services throughout Scotland.
Crossroads Caring for Carers is a Northern Ireland based charity providing respite care for carers.

Young Minds  Is a national charity which is committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.  It provides an information and advice service to parents with a concern about their child's emotional problems or behaviour. 

Depression Alliance offers information, support and understanding for people who are concerned about, or caring for, someone with depression.

Rethink offers practical information for carers.  It also provides specialist services and support groups across the country for carers of people with severe mental illness.

MIND has a wide range of information and support for carers, including booklets, factsheets and a telephone support line.

 

 


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