It can be difficult sometimes to talk about your own or another person’s mental health.
Earlier this year, we teamed up with the EDP, to break down some of the stigma around mental health and put the spotlight on how caring for someone with a mental health condition can affect carers’ own mental health and well being. This week, we bring together just some of the information and resources from the web, that may help.
As part of Carer’s Week, Sue, from Gorleston, pictured above, chatted to Norfolk Carers about her experience of looking after her husband who has a bi-polar condition. You can read her story: click here:
Sue (second from right) at Norfolk Carers’ Walk and Talk
James is a young carer who’s coping with his mum’s physical and mental health conditions. He’s found support through his school and a local young carers’ group:
In this MIND video a carer talks about caring for her husband and struggling with her own mental health:
Rethink have put together a useful list of information, recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ model for supporting someone with a mental illness. How you care for someone will depend on you and the person you care for.
You may find that The Mental Health Foundation’s Eight tips for talking about mental health can make it more easy talk about the subject with the person you are looking after.
As part of Norfolk Carers’ events for Carers Week this year, Counsellor Chloe Swinton gave a talk at the Forum in Norwich on how people cope with ambiguous loss which is when a carer is affected by a loved one with a life-limiting illness, dementia, stroke or brain injury.
If you think that you, or the person you are looking after, needs counselling, The Counselling Directory, may be able to help to you find a professional counsellor.
Our “Looking After Yourself” page on this website has details of other mental health support services.
There is help and support for you if you’re struggling with your, or someone else’s mental health. Give our Advice Line a call on 0808 808 9876 and talk to us.