Information for carers, friends and families
A carer is someone who looks after a partner, friend or relative whether or not they live in the same place.
Supporting someone with a mental health problem can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult and sometimes lonely. Having good information at the right time and knowing where to get help and support can make all the difference.
A carer is someone who gives practical or emotional support. Not everyone thinks of themselves as a carer but they may well be and may be able to get financial or practical help.
We are committed to informing, involving and supporting carers, family members and friends as partners in the care of people using our services. We are Gold Star members of the Carers’ Trust’s ‘Triangle of Care’ membership scheme that promotes shared working between carers, professionals and people using services.
We recognise that carers have a very important role in supporting the lives of those who use our services whatever their age. Carers have a unique and valued perspective that we want to support with commitments from our staff in using the 3iS approach.
3iS is an approach that was created by our carers in workshops and this now forms the basis of our Carers Charter which has also been developed in consultation with the Trust's Carers, Friends and Family reference group.
It sets out four key commitments from to carers. To:
- Involve, and
You can read more about the Carers' Charter in this leaflet
Recovery for Friends, Families and Partners
Friends, families and partners of people living with mental health difficulties go through their own challenges. These four stand-alone sessions offer be a safe space to explore and learn in a group about your needs and strengths and learn skills to make the best of life. All sessions take place at the Recovery college, Springfield Hospital. We recommend that you book a place on all 4 sessions if you can but these are designed to be individual sessions as well. Find out more here