Carer and Family support

MIND_2010_093What is Carer and Family support?

The term ‘carer’ is usually used to describe people who provide unpaid care – partners, close family and friends. Being a carer includes anything from giving emotional support through to providing extensive practical support to enable someone to live their life from day to day.

Sometimes it can be hard to understand why someone needs caring for if they don’t have a physical illness or disorder; it may be harder to understand what they are experiencing. Being a carer can be both challenging and rewarding. It can be emotionally draining and can place significant demands on your time and energy, but it can also give you a sense of satisfaction from helping someone else.

There are a number of areas where carers are likely to want support:

  • Emotional support
  • Practical support e.g. with day-to-day chores
  • Time off (respite) from caring
  • Financial support
  • Involvement in planning someone’s care, including recognition of your role and information about their treatment

Mind Jersey’s Carer and Family Support Service is there to help anyone caring and supporting a person living with mental health problems. Our aim is to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to support your relative or friend whilst having your own needs met.

Support is available in a number of ways:

  • Individual support
  • Carer groups
  • Guidance and information
  • Information about recovery
  • Peer support
  • Telephone support
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness practices and techniques
  • Support in becoming social active again

Where to go?

One-to-one support: To arrange one-to-one support or for an informal chat you can call

07797 717 767.

Mind Carers: This group is exclusively for carers and meets on the last Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays) at Oakfield Industries at HighlandsCollege from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Call 07797 717 767 for further details.

How Mind Jersey has supported other carers

  • “Having someone there for support when meeting professionals is hugely important as often the information can be very daunting.”
  • “When you know someone is there to help you it makes all the difference.”
  • “Helping me be a stronger person, especially during the tough times. I have been given so much support.”
  • “The service has been a Godsend and helped so many people to cope with their individual experiences with their loved ones.”

 Contacts:

– Carer Support Manager, Stephen McCrimmon

T: 07797 717 767

E: s.mccrimmon@mindjersey.org

– Carer and Family Development Worker, Karina Ferey

T. 07797 924756

E. k.ferey@mindjersey.org

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