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Coping while caring for someone else
If you care for another person, it can feel difficult to take time to look after yourself. On this page, we direct you to our information about experiences of caring, tips for your own mental health and where to find support.
You are a carer if you provide any kind of unpaid support or care to someone who is unwell or disabled. This includes people with mental health problems. You don't have to get paid to count as a carer. You could be a carer for a friend or family member.
Recognising difficult feelings
Caring for someone else can affect your mental health and make it harder to stay well. You may experience some difficult feelings.
Getting support as a carer
There are many ways to find support as a carer. Find out about support for your mental health, as well as practical help and local support.
Tips to look after yourself
Caring for someone else can take a lot of time and energy. But it's important to look after your own wellbeing when you can.
Watch Chloe, Ally and Kate talk about what it's like to care for someone and how they look after themselves.
If you provide care for someone in any way, the information above may be helpful and relevant to you. However, there may be different challenges when caring for someone with a mental health problem. We explain where to find further information and advice below.
Coping with additional challenges
If you care for someone with a mental health problem, you may face additional challenges. We explain some of these and offer tips that may help.
Your social care rights
We explain your legal rights, including the carer's assessment. This information is for adult carers of someone experiencing a mental health problem.
Specific mental health problems
Whether or not you consider yourself a carer, you might be supporting someone close to you with their mental health. Get tips for family and friends which are relevant to specific mental health problems.
Caring for someone with a mental health condition is hard. The invisibility of the illness can make it feel like you're not a 'real' carer. Trust me: you are.
Whether the person you care for is experiencing a physical or a mental health problem, there is support available for you as a carer. We have a full list of support options for different needs.
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Support for young carers
You might also find it useful to visit our mental health information hub for children and young people.
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