Caring for someone with mental ill health

Carers Mental Health Group

Caring for someone with mental ill health can be very difficult and often heart breaking. As a result local charities York Carers Centre and Rethink Mental Illness York Group (along with the support of York Mind) have formed a peer support group for carers. We meet in the evenings at 30 Clarence Street, (formerly known as Sycamore House), YO31 7EW, on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 until 9 pm. Please see the events calendar for the details of the next meetings.

On some evenings we have discussions led by visiting speakers; other meetings focus on sharing support, encouragement and friendship. We take notes and ensure key issues raised by carers are passed on to those who need to know. Contact us for more information.

We have recently completed a film about the impact of caring for someone with mental ill health, which can be seen on YouTube. This will be used in training by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) and for other mental health professionals.

Checklist for carers of people with mental ill health

Carers need information and psychiatrists are busy. Carers may not always find out what they need to know about the person they are caring for. The Royal College of Psychiatrists have a checklist designed to help you get all the information you need about the diagnosis and treatment of the person you care for. For more information and to download the checklist visit the Royal College website.

Links

Here are links to organisations providing information, support and advice for anyone who cares for someone with mental ill health

Rethink Mental Illness

Mind – how to cope as a carer

Carers Trust – mental health

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

Triangle of Care

Local Services Updates

The location of York’s new mental health hospital, planned to open in 2019, will be Haxby Road. See attachments section below for the full briefing.

A new Access to Mental Wellbeing Services Team has been formed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV). The contact numbers can be found on their website.

Communications and updates from TEWV and other services are posted as attachments below.