May is Mental Health Awareness Month and if you are struggling with your mental health as a carer there is lots of support available. You are not alone.

Mind have a useful booklet you can download for free – How to cope as a carer.

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.

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