If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness it can feel difficult to support your loved one or to get the answers you might need. This section has all you need to know about looking after your loved one.
Responding to unusual behaviour linked to mental illness
If you have a loved one with a mental illness, some of their behaviour might worry you. This section suggests some ways to deal with unusual behaviour linked to mental illness. This information is for friends and family of adults who live with mental illness and live in England. It’s also for anyone else interested in this subject.
Suicidal thoughts - How to support someone
This section looks at why someone might have suicidal thoughts, feelings, or intentions. It gives advice on how you can support them when they’re feeling this way. It also looks at support for you. This section is for those supporting someone who’s experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Rethink Trust Corporation
Many carers of people with mental illness worry that when they die, the person they care for might struggle financially. The Rethink Trust Corporation understands the needs of people with mental illness and can give your loved one a secure financial future and peace of mind for you.
Planning for the future - your relative's care and support
This page gives information about how to plan future support for the person that you care for. There may be a time when you are no longer able or willing to care for them. In this section we call the person you care for your ‘relative.’ But this information is still relevant for you even if you are not related to the person you support.
Carer's assessment - Under the Care Act 2014
You may get support if you care for someone with a mental illness who is 18 or over. You can ask the local authority to assess your needs by asking for a carer’s assessment. The local authority must give you support and services if you have ‘eligible needs’. This section explains eligible needs, how you can get an assessment, and what support you may get.
Confidentiality, information and your loved one - For loved ones of people living with mental illness
There are rules about when healthcare and other professionals can give you information about your loved one. This section explains what these rules are. This information is for loved ones and carers of adults affected by mental illness in England. It’s also for anyone interested in this subject.
Going into hospital - for carers, friends and relatives
Mental illness is normally treated outside hospital. Doctors call this 'treatment in the community'. But there are times when people become unwell and they need to go into hospital. This section explains what happens when someone you know goes into hospital.
If your relative dies there may be an inquest into their death. This section explains what an inquest is, what it will be like and your rights during the investigation. It covers every stage from the first investigation to appealing the conclusion of an inquest. The headings will guide you to the information you may need at each stage of the inquest. This section has a lot of information. It may be overwhelming to try and read all of this at once.
Respite care - Breaks for carers
Respite means that you have a break from caring. This section explains what respite options may be available to you as a carer. This information is for carers of adults affected by mental illness in England. It’s also for anyone else interested in the subject.
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