PTSD - For carers and friends
Information for carers, friends and relatives
Support for you
If you are a carer, friend or relative of someone living with PTSD, you can get support.
You could get in touch with carer support groups or sibling support groups. You can search for local groups in your area or the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service can search for you.
You can ask your local authority for a carer’s assessment if you need more practical support to help care for someone.
As a carer you should be involved in decisions about care planning. There are rules about information sharing and confidentiality which may make it difficult for you to get all the information you need in some circumstances.
Supporting the person you care for
You might find it easier to support someone with PTSD if you understand their symptoms, treatment and self management skills. You can use this information to support and encourage them to get help and stay well.
Think about what you can do if you are worried about someone’s mental state or risk of self harm. It will help to keep details of their mental health team and discuss a crisis plan with them.
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