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Supporting yourself while caring for someone

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.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Organisations for general support

Citizens Advice

0800 144 8848 (England Adviceline)
0800 702 2020 (Wales Adviceline)
18001 0800 144 8884 (textphone)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including money, housing, experiences of discrimination and other problems.


0800 138 7777 (English)
0800 138 0555 (Welsh)
18001 0800 915 4622 (text relay)
Provides free and impartial money advice.

Rethink Mental Illness

0808 801 0525
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.


116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]

Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

Time to Change Wales
Campaign to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems.

Helps people in financial difficulty to access benefits, grants and support services.

Support for all carers

Carers Trust
Information and support for people caring for someone else.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777
029 2081 1370 (Carers Wales)
[email protected]
Advice and support for anyone who provides care.

NHS – Social care and support guide

0300 123 1053 (Carers Direct helpline)
Information for people who have care and support needs, and their carers. Includes practical tips, plus guidance about benefits and services. Offers a helpline and email help form for carers.

Support for young carers

Boloh helpline

0800 151 2605
A helpline and webchat for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children, young people, parents or carers affected by the pandemic. Offers emotional support and practical advice.

The Children's Society
Information and resources for children and young people experiencing abuse, poverty, mental health issues and criminal exploitation. Also supports young carers, refugees and migrants.

The Mix

85258 (crisis messenger service, text THEMIX)
Support and advice for under 25s, including a crisis messenger service, email and webchat.


0808 802 5544 (Parents Helpline)
85258 (text the word 'shout')
Provides advice and support to young people for their mental health, as well as supporting parents and carers.

This information was published in May 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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