Caring for Yourself guide
Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created Caring for Yourself to help people with mental health problems and carers, family and friends. It is for you if you support someone with any mental health condition.
You may have a relative struggling with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, a friend with psychosis, schizophrenia or a personality disorder. Whatever the diagnosis, Caring for Yourself can help you to develop skills and new ways to cope.
You can use Caring for Yourself in two ways:
- Use it yourself independently.
- Use it as part of other training programmes for carers such as the Rethink Mental Illness ‘Caring and Coping Programme’ or the Meriden Family Programme’s ‘Caring for Carers’ training.
Whichever way is best for you, you can work through it at your own pace, in your own time. Start with Booklet 1, then plan how to use the other booklets and in which order you want to use them.
Everything in Caring for Yourself comes from the experiences of others who have cared for people with mental illness or from professionals. There are exercises and activities to help you develop skills to help you cope with your situation, whatever that is.
You will find information about:
- Being in a caring role.
- Taking care of yourself.
- Getting your own life back.
- Finding information about what your relative or friend is going through.
- Dealing with problems.
- Talking about what is going on.
- Supporting your relative or friend.
We hope the exercises and activities will help people who cannot attend training courses or support groups. If it helps you, please get in touch. We want to know how we can help more people who are supporting a relative or friend with a mental health problem.