Caring for someone with mental illness can be challenging. Mental illness is a fluctuating condition, often misunderstood and stigmatised, and this can take its toll on you too.
You may be caring for someone who is living with one of these mental health conditions:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorders
Caring for someone with a mental health problem can be more varied than for others. You may find that someone with mental health problems may not need much help at certain times, but then need a large amount of care at other times. Some people find it hard to understand why someone needs care when they don’t have a physical illness or disorder. It can be hard to understand what they are experiencing. Remember that you are not alone – there are some specific mental health support services available to you as a carer.
As well as 1:1 support we also offer support groups where you can meet other carers in the same situation as you who will understand what you are going through.
You may also find the following organisations helpful:
- Mind BLMK
- Bedford Samaritans Tel: 116 123
- South Beds Samaritans Tel: 116 123
- North and Mid Beds Crisis Team 01234 315691
- Luton and South Beds Crisis Team 01582 556971
- Rethink 0300 5000 927
If you or the person you care for feels suicidal you must dial 999 or go to A&E.
Our Mental Health Carer specialist is Sharon Rogers.
Apply online here to register with us.