Schizophrenia - for Carers
What if I am a carer, friend or relative?
Support for you
As a carer, friend or family member of someone living with schizophrenia, you might find that you also need support. Caring for someone with schizophrenia can be challenging. Due to stigma, the illness isn’t talked about much. People with the illness as well as their friends and family members, can feel quite isolated.
Whether you are a carer, friend or family member of someone living with schizophrenia you can get support.
NICE recommends carers should be offered carer-focused education and support programmes.
You can get peer support through carer support groups or sibling support groups. You can search for local groups run by Rethink Mental Illness here.
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. There are rules about information sharing and confidentiality which you need to be aware of.
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Supporting the person you care for
You might find it easier to support someone with schizophrenia 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.
Someone with schizophrenia will often not realise that they are unwell until they get treatment. It can be difficult to persuade someone to see a doctor if they don’t think that there is anything wrong with them.
You should also be aware of what you can do if you are worried about someone’s mental state or risk of self harm. You should have details of the crisis plan which you can discuss with mental health professionals.
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