Coronavirus: Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness


This information is for anyone who is a carer of someone who lives in the community with a severe mental illness. By ‘carer’ we mean an unpaid carer, such as a relative or friend.

We refer to the person you care for as ‘my relative’ or ‘your relative.’

Being a carer for someone living with a severe mental illness can be challenging at the best of times. But the current coronavirus pandemic could create additional problems.

The government and the NHS have published their latest information on coronavirus. You can look on the following websites:, and

If you can’t access the internet you can call the NHS on 111.

The government have also published information for those who provide unpaid care to family and friends.

We hope the advice and information in the frequently asked questions below will help you and the person you care for.

Frequently asked questions

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