Carers, families and friends

Families and carers play a vital role in supporting people with mental health problems and those with addictions to drugs or alcohol, as well as those who have physical disabilities.

Those who help their friends, family and loved ones who are using our services are often described as carers. As a carer you play a vital role in supporting your loved one with their mental ill health.

Being a carer is often difficult, and for some lonely, but the part you play is invaluable and we are committed to supporting you.

Our teams, with the permission of your loved one, will always seek to involve you and other friends and family in our programmes of support. This will include consultation on the decisions made about your loved one’s care and treatment.

If you are providing unpaid care, you may be eligible for a carer's assessment. Click here to see if you are eligible for a carer's assessment.


Click here to view the Government guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends for family

The above link is for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.