Carers often need support themselves, not only to help cope with the workload, but to deal with associated problems such as stress, depression and exhaustion.
Key things you can do as a carer
- Recognise yourself as being a carer
- Remember that you are not alone
- Tell Redbridge Adult Social Services - they can help make your caring role easier to cope with
- If you are working, let your employer know about your caring responsibilities
- Look after yourself - to be a successful carer you need to look after yourself as well as the cared for person
- Talk to someone - there are support groups who have people in or have gone through a similar situation to yours
- Don't miss out on the benefits you are entitled to
If you look after someone with an illness or a disability, you may need to help them move around. It's essential that you know about safe moving and handling so you don't hurt yourself or them.
Five steps to mental wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.
There are many local and national organisations that can offer emotional support and advice to you as a carer.
Redbridge Carers Support Service aims to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid carers in Redbridge by providing a range of services and support. There is drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday where you can get advice or discuss issues as well as free confidential counselling if you are feeling isolated. Support is also available for older carers and home bound carers. For more information
Call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you. The helpline is open 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
Carers UK has information and advice about caring and there is an online support forum where you can talk to others going through a similar situation. Carers UK also has an advice line to help deal with your problems.
Carers Trust helps you in all aspects of your work, from practical to emotional matters. You can join the discussion boards where carers share their experiences, tips and support.
You can always talk to someone at Samaritans (Redbridge). They provide free and confidential emotional support if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Visit Samaritans website or call 020 8553 9900
There are different support organisations for specific conditions, such as Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering, MS Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.