Bipolar disorder - Information for family, carers and friends
Information for family, carers and friends
How can I get support?
You can speak to your GP. You should be given your own assessment through the community mental health team to work out what effect your caring role is having on your health. And what support you need. Such as practical support and emergency support.
You can get peer support through carer support services or carers groups. You can ask your local authority for a carer’s assessment if you need more practical and financial support to help care for someone.
As a carer you should be involved in decisions about care planning. But you don’t have a legal right to this. The medical team should encourage the person that you care for to allow information to be shared with you.
Supporting the person you care for
You might find it easier to support someone with bipolar disorder if you understand their symptoms, treatment plan and self-management techniques. You could ask them to share this information with you.
The person that you care for may also have a care plan. This outlines the care that they will get and who is responsible for it. A care plan should always have a crisis plan. A crisis plan will have information about who to contact if they become unwell.
You can use this information to support and encourage them to stay well and get help if needed.
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