Learn how to manage your own wellbeing while caring for someone else. Get information and tips on looking after your mental health and finding support.
Seeking help is often the first step towards getting well and staying well. But sometimes it can be hard to know how to start or where you can turn to.
It's common to feel unsure, and to wonder whether you should try to handle things on your own. However, there are organisations who could help make things easier and offer you extra support.
On this page:
"I looked after my friend who was suicidal for weeks, not knowing what to do to help. When I was finally at the end of my tether, I called Samaritans. I didn't realise they were able to help me too. After a relatively short phone call I was pointed in the right direction to get help for my friend and also for me."
"I cared for my husband for many years with no support. I wish I’d known there was help and how to access it sooner. I would also have looked after my own wellbeing as a priority and maintained my friendships and family relationships."
"My work was incredibly supportive when I told them. I'm fortunate in that much of my job is flexible. Although I didn't need to use them, there are employment rights for carers."
For more general information, see our pages about peer support.
For details of support from charities and public services, see our page of useful contacts for looking after yourself as a carer.
"I just want other carers out there to know they are not alone. Take all the support you can, read the articles on Mind and understand what you, your family and your loved one are dealing with."
Lots of young people care for someone else in their family. It can be a tiring and difficult job, especially when you have to fit it in around school or work.
There is support available to help make things a bit easier for you:
This information was published in May 2021. We will revise it in 2024.
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