Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created Caring for Yourself to help people with mental health problems and carers, family and friends. If you support someone with any mental health condition, this guide is for you. You may have a relative struggling with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, a friend with psychosis, schizophrenia or a personality disorder. Whatever the diagnosis, Caring for Yourself can help you to develop skills and new ways to cope. This self-help guide consists of eight books which offer tips and exercises on how to look after your own wellbeing as well as…
The time you spend caring for someone can make it difficult to earn enough money. You may find you have extra expenses due to your caring role. This factsheet introduces welfare benefits and other discounts that offer some financial help to carers.
Respite means that you have a break from caring. This factsheet explains what respite may be available to you as a carer. In this factsheet, we call the person you care for ‘your relative’.
If you have a mental illness, sections of this factsheet may be useful to you.
If you have a mental illness, you may be worried that you will not be able to make decisions for yourself in future. Some people choose to keep a record of how they would like to be treated. When someone does this, it is called an ‘advance statement’.
This factsheet covers what personality disorders are, what the symptoms are and how you can get treatment. You might find it useful if you have a personality disorder yourself, or if you care for someone who does.