Caring for someone with mental ill health

* Please note that our regular face to face support groups (detailed below) are suspended until further notice. From May we are offering a virtual support group for anyone who cares for someone with a mental health condition, see here for information*


We offer two groups for family members and carers of someone with a mental health condition

York Mental Health Carers

A monthly group where some sessions are focused on sharing support, and others are discussions led by visiting speakers. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9pm at 30 Clarence Street, York and there is no need to book. We offer this group in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness York Group.

Mental Health Drop In

An informal monthly session on the last Wednesday of the month, drop in anytime from 6 to 8pm at the Slug and Lettuce, Back Swinegate (we sit near the back entrance). The sessions provide a supportive space for people who are in the early stages of caring for someone with a mental health condition, including caring for a young person, or for people who are caring for someone in crisis.

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