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.

Help to Care app

Help to Care, an innovative new mobile phone app, has been launched to support people who care for others in Kent and Medway.

The app, which has been created by The Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), is the latest digital innovation from the NHS and social care in Kent and Medway.

It is free to download and use and is designed to help people spot the signs of a problem and find the right information and advice if you are worried about someone’s health and wellbeing.

It includes helpful guides, advice and training videos on common health conditions, such as diabetes, urinary tract infections and respiratory conditions. There is also an assessment section which helps you to decide if the person is developing a health problem that needs medical help.

You can download the app by searching for Help to Care in the app store on your Apple device, or in Google Play if you have an android device.

Help us refresh our KMPT Carers Charter

We are holding a workshop to refresh the KMPT family, friends and carers charter. We are looking for friends, families and carers who are interested in supporting the development of a new carers charter, ensuring we work together in partnership to deliver the best possible care for all. The workshop will take place on 24 January 2022.

Read about the workshop and how you can get involved