Supporting someone with a mental illness - Learn
Learning about the Illness
Learn about the illness, if the person you care for has been given a diagnosis. This can help you understand how it affects them and might make you feel more confident caring for them.
You can learn about the illness by going to carers groups or services. There you can meet others who may have been through similar experiences and get support and information. Most areas have carers groups or services. You can search online or contact local social services to enquire about different groups.
You can also learn about mental illnesses on trusted websites. Rethink Mental Illness, Mind and the NHS have reliable information about mental health conditions. You could also buy, or borrow a book about the condition from the library.
Talk to the person you are supporting about what symptoms they get when they are becoming unwell. This might help you recognise if they are becoming unwell in the future. You should talk about what medication they are taking, when they take it and if they have any side effects.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays