Family, friends and carers

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.

At Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we use the term “carer”. However if you don’t like this word and would prefer it if we use words like; wife, husband and partner or daughter and son or friend or neighbour just let us know. We’ll be guided by you.