Family and friends

Supporting someone who has a mental health condition can be difficult for family and friends but it is important to remember that help and support is available.

Taking care of your own wellbeing will mean you are better prepared to support someone else with their recovery.

If you support someone who is unwell you are considered a carer. A carer doesn’t have to be someone who lives in the same home as someone who requires support although many carers do live with those they care for. It could be a person who keeps in touch over the telephone or is available to listen as a friend.

A carer is someone who provides support without payment to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help.

More details about the support available for carers can be found on our carers page.