Every year, one in four of us experiences a mental health problem (Mind UK).

Support for the person or people you care for

According to the 2011 Census, 38% of cared-for people in Manchester had mental health problems, much higher than in the North West and nationally (22% and 21% respectively).

If you’re caring for someone with a mental health condition, the Carers Manchester network is here to offer you specialised support:

  • Connect Support supports carers and families of anyone with severe mental health problems such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis. Their services include peer support groups and training.
  • Moodswings supports people in their recovery from mood disorders and the emotional distress they cause. They offer 1-2-1 sessions and workshops.

If your loved one is supported by the Greater Manchester Mental Health team, you can speak to the Carer Champion on their ward or community team. It’s their role to link you up with the information you need and make sure you feel involved in your loved one’s care and treatment. You can also find lots of useful information on the Greater Manchester Mental Health website – including guides to Confidentiality, Lasting Power of Attorney, Community Treatment Orders and Carers Assessments.

Not everyone with a mental health condition is ready to access help. If you’re worried you don’t know how best to support your loved one, the Mind website can help. There’s lots of practical advice – and some real-life stories to let you know you’re not alone.

Caring for someone with an addiction?

  • GamCare is the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone harmed by gambling.
  • Manchester Integrated Drug And Alcohol Service provides alcohol addiction support for family and friends.
  • We Are With You offers confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health from one of their local services or online.
  • Emerging Futures offers homes and therapeutic support for people affected by homelessness, poor health or drug and alcohol issues.

The Southway Housing Trust’s ‘Tidy Homes Tidy Minds’ scheme provides support to people who are affected by hoarding. Their aim is to make a real, long-term difference to people’s lives, including a friendly peer support group.

Support for carers

And if you find the pressures and expectations of caring are affecting your own mental health, take a look at our Health and Wellbeing section. You’ll find links to advice on getting enough sleep, caring for your back, dealing with feelings of guilt and resentment, and much more. You can also download Mind’s free booklet – How to cope as a carer.

The Mental Health Foundation website has some useful information about looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Independent Age has some tips and advice on managing anxiety as we ease Covid restrictions, including writing things down, limiting access to the news and allocating ‘worry time’.

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.

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)

Quell is a safe and confidential space to share experiences and gain support from an online community and qualified professionals.

For more information on organisations who can help, call our Contact Point on 0161 543 8000 or email us at contactpoint@carersmanchester.org.uk (Monday -Friday, 10am – 4pm and 10am – 6pm on Wednesdays, except bank holidays).

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

10 Keys to Happier Living 

Tips for Self Care 

Weekly Wellbeing Check Up 

Mood SwingsConnect Support

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