Caring for someone with mental ill health

Carers Mental Health Group

Caring for someone with mental health problems 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 Hamilton Panthers Pavilion, Knavesmire Road 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.

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.


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


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 are as follows:

For General Enquiries between 8.30am and 5.00pm please call 01904 556900

The Access to Mental Wellbeing Services team is 01904 526566

The Crisis and Home Based Treatment team number is 01904 526582

Communications and updates from Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) and other services are posted as attachments below.