Richmond Borough Mind

Support for Families and Friends

Supporting someone can be rewarding, but the strains and responsibilities of caring can also affect your own mental and physical wellbeing. 

You may experience a whole range of difficult emotions such as guilt, fear, anger, stress, worry and anxiety. These emotions are natural and talking about how you are feeling with people who understand can be really helpful. 

“You can talk to some people who haven’t had any experience of it, but at the end of the day they just don’t understand”

Families and friends can become socially isolated and it is important you have the opportunity to socialise and meet other people who understand what it is like to be in your caring role. Using support groups and other opportunities for you to meet and share your experiences with other carers can be invaluable.

As a carers support service we believe in Whole Family Recovery and we are aware of the impact on the whole family when someone is experiencing severe mental health problems. 

Different members of a family can be at different stages of their own recovery journey and this can sometimes cause conflict unless it is understood and recognised. We are able to meet you and other members of your family who are also providing support together, or, meet with you individually. 

One to One Support

We are able to arrange for a one to one support session to help you to identify your current concerns and to look at some actions that may help you at this time. We can discuss ways of protecting your own health and wellbeing and refer you to other services that are available for you locally.

Support Groups

We have a range of monthly support groups, giving you the opportunity to talk to other carers in a safe and confidential space. If you are interested in going to a support group, please let us know and we can decide which of our groups may be most helpful for you at this time.

Social Activities and Outings

We have regular social activities and outings, including a monthly lunch, giving you the opportunity to meet other carers in a relaxed and informal environment and giving you a well deserved treat! 

Acute Carers Recovery Worker

Our Acute Carers Recovery Worker, Suzanne Lynn, offers confidential support, advice and guidance for families and friends from Richmond who are supporting someone during an acute crisis period. 

If the person you support is under the Richmond Crisis and Home Treatment Team or on an acute ward, Suzanne can work with you during the current crisis period. 

You can find out more about our Acute Carers Recovery Worker here.

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