Mental Health

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.

Being a carer

Caring for someone with a mental health problem can be more varied than for other conditions. 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 – we provide a range of options to support you, the carer. Register with us or visit the how we help section of the website to find out more.

Local Support

ELFT is the NHS provider for support. People can self-refer to the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service or the Bedfordshire Recovery College. If they need specialised support, then this can be accessed this via the GP.

Mind BLMK provide services throughout Bedfordshire. The Lighthouse provides a community safe space in Leighton Buzzard.

You can find local support organisations through the Hub of Hope.

If the person you care caring for is experiencing a crisis you can access support from ELFT Crisis Team, NHS 111, Samaritans or Shout. If the situation is life-critical then ring 999 for assistance.

National support

You can find ideas on looking after yourself by visiting Rethink or Mind, national charities supporting people affected by mental illness.