In Manchester 48% of carers say either they are neglecting themselves or sometimes can’t look after themselves well enough (Survey of Adult Carers in England 2016/17, Manchester City Council).

We understand that the responsibilities of a carer can be challenging, and it’s easy to neglect our own mental and physical well-being.

It can be difficult to take a break, get enough sleep, exercise, manage stress, look after your back, eat healthily and keep up to date on carer flu vaccines. Contact us and we’ll signpost you to the most suitable organisation for your needs.

You can also download Mind’s free booklet – How to cope as a carer.

Now that most Coronavirus restrictions have lifted, we understand if you are feeling anxious about getting back to the ‘new normal’. The NHS Every Mind Matters service has some useful information on their website with hints and tips on coping with anxiety. Find out more here.

The NHS has some short mental wellbeing audio guides that you can listen to in your own time. They include coping with low mood and depression, controlling anxiety, getting a good night’s sleep and dealing with negative thoughts.

Self Help provide a range of support, services and opportunities, across the North West of England, for people living with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias and panic attacks. They also have online and face to face anxiety and depression support groups across Manchester.

Need to talk?

If you’d like to talk to other carers you can join Mobilise, a free support service for unpaid carers including access to regular emails and virtual cuppas.

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Their number is 0800 4 70 80 90

Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 helpline – 0800 953 0285

The Samaritans 24/7 helpline – 116 123

Dementia UK helpline – 0800 952 1285 (Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm)

Mental health helplines and listening services factsheet

Download these free documents from Mental Health First Aid England on tips for mental health and wellbeing:

10 Keys to Happier Living 

Self Help Manchester
Tips on looking after your health with Carers UK
The Resonance Centre Yoga and Wellbeing
Carers UKMood SwingsSelfHelpThe Resonance Centre

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