Supporting someone with mental ill health

If you help care for someone close who’s living with a mental health condition, it can feel difficult to get the answers and support you might need. We can help.

As well as our one to one support and advice, we also offer two groups for family members and anyone supporting someone close who has a mental health condition. Both sessions are friendly and supportive – and are staffed by our Carer Support Workers. Both groups are now running in-person once again, and require booking before attending.  Please get in touch to book your place, and if you’re not sure if a group is right for you please get in touch and one of our team can give you an idea of what we do.

York Mental Health Carers

A monthly group where some sessions are focused on sharing support, and others are discussions led by visiting speakers. New members are always welcome. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm. We run this group in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness York Group.

Mental Health Drop In

An informal monthly session on the last Wednesday of the month, come anytime from 6 to 7pm. The sessions provide a supportive space for people who are in the early stages of caring for someone with a mental health condition, including caring for a young person, or for people who are caring for someone in crisis.

Useful Links

Here are links to organisations providing information, support and advice for family members, carers and supporters of someone with mental ill health:

Rethink Mental Illness

Mind – how to cope as a carer

Carers Trust – mental health

Confidentiality and mental health

The local mental health service provider Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) have a policy on confidentiality for staff when working with carers. The policy is called Commonsense Confidentiality and is linked below.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust – Common sense confidentiality

Carers Charter

TEWV have produced a carers charter which is developed for all who support someone being cared for by the Trust.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust – Carers Charter