Caring for someone with mental illness can be challenging. Mental illness is a fluctuating condition, often misunderstood and stigmatised, and this can take its toll on you too.
You may be caring for someone who is living with one of these mental health conditions:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorders
Caring for someone with a mental health problem can be more varied than for others. You may find that someone with mental health problems may not need much help at certain times, but then need a large amount of care at other times. Some people find it hard to understand why someone needs care when they don’t have a physical illness or disorder. It can be hard to understand what they are experiencing. Remember that you are not alone – there are some specific mental health support services available to you as a carer.
As well as 1:1 support we also offer support groups where you can meet other carers in the same situation as you who will understand what you are going through.
Take a look at our What's On page for details of groups and other events and activities.
Mental Health Carer Stories
Listen to the Bedford Radio interview of Dawn who is a carer for her adult son who is suffering from mental health issues. They talk about her struggle to support her son and how it has led to her having to give up her work. Listen Here
Click here for Resources for mental health carers
If you or the person you care for feels suicidal, dial 999 or go to A&E.