Caring for someone with mental ill health

We have two support groups for family members and friends who care for someone with mental ill health, where carers can meet with our support workers and with other carers.

York Mental Health Carers Group

In collaboration with Rethink Mental Illness York Group, we  have formed a peer support group for carers. We meet at 30 Clarence Street,  YO31 7EW, on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 until 9 pm.  On some evenings we have discussions led by visitors; other meetings focus on sharing support. Please get in touch to let us know if you’ll be coming for the first time so that we can welcome you to the group. The York Mental Health Carers have made a film about the impact of caring for someone with mental ill health, which can be seen on YouTube. This has been used in training by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust and for other mental health professionals.

Mental Health Drop In Support for carers

In conjunction with the York Mind Health and Wellbeing programme, we’re offering an informal monthly drop-in for carers of someone with mental ill health. Drop in any time from 6-8pm monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.   Venue: Slug and Lettuce Swinegate, our group will be located near the Grape Lane entrance.

The drop in support sessions are aimed at people who are: caring for younger people in transition to adult mental health services, in the early stages of caring or in crisis
The sessions are for carers only and will be informal and supportive. Carers will need to enrol with York Mind before attending the drop in for the first time.  York Mind are contactable on 01904 643364-Option 5 or email activities@yorkmind.org.uk .

Useful Links

Here are links to organisations providing information, support and advice for family members, carers and supporters of someone with mental ill health:

Rethink Mental Illness

Mind – how to cope as a carer

Carers Trust – mental health

Confidentiality and mental health

The local mental health service provider Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust have a policy on confidentiality for staff when working with carers. The policy is called Commonsense Confidentiality and is linked below.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust – Common sense confidentiality