Rethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers still play a key role in our work today. We have dedicated carers services and run over 50 carers and sibling support groups which offer a listening ear, friendship and social support.
It's important to us that we're there to help anyone that's feeling the strain. Carers, family and friends of people living with mental illness all give so much of their time in the support of others that it often comes at the cost of their own mental and physical wellbeing. This week gives us all the chance to recognise the great work that carers do. That is why we are proud to be part of Carers Week and hope you will join us too.
Across the UK there are millions of people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say that they are just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.
For some taking on a caring role can be sudden; someone in your family has an accident or your child is born with a disability.
For others, caring responsibilities can grow gradually over time: your loved ones can't manage on their own any longer; your partner's or your child's mental or physical health gradually worsens.
In 2020, Carers Week will run from the 8 - 14 June, If you are a carer for someone with a long term mental illness and have found friendship and support through our network of groups or services then we'd like to highlight your story for our Carers Week output.
To get involved, you can always share your story with us.