Information for Carers

With the guidance around the COVID-19 pandemic constantly evolving daily, it’s important that carers of those accessing GMMH services know what support is available to them and to the person they provide support to. 

We have launched a new helpline for our service users and their carers, which is available 24/7 – the number is: 01204 483071 

If you have concerns about the person you look after, or want to speak to somebody about anything related to your caring role, please get in touch with us, anytime. 

Carers who do not already have an emergency plan in place might find it beneficial to discuss with family and friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate.  It will also be important to make sure that you have key information about the person you care for easily available, so that anyone taking over their care has all the information they need. 

Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should discuss with the team of professionals (social worker/care-coordinator) involved in the care of the person they support. 

The information on this page contains a number of links to national information for carers as well as links to carers services local to you across the GMMH footprint.  

National information for carers: 

carersuk.org has some really informative information and frequently asked questions from carers at this time: www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19 

When you’re caring for somebody with mental ill-health, the COVID-19 pandemic can make the situation more complex.  There are some very useful resources around this from Mind: 

www.rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/coronavirus-advice-for-carers-of-those-with-severe-mental-illness/ 

For information around Support and Benefits for carers, please visit: 

www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/ 

Advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak 

There is also advice on talking with your children about news that might be scary: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news 

Coronavirus information for people affected by dementia: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/coronavirus  

The Alzheimer’s Society have produced some useful practical advice on Coronavirus on Alzheimer’s Society’s blog and will be providing regular updates on our social media channels 

Dementia Connect Support Line remains open on 0333 150 3456 every day. 

Dementia Talking Point, an online community, where people affected by dementia can receive valuable support, can be accessed online for free, night or day, from https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ 

Local carer support in your area 

Local carer support services have had to adapt how they work with carers, family/friends in response to social distancing guidelines. There are still a number of support and advice services available to you over the telephone or via email/social media across the footprint of GMMH. 

To find local support simply select your area form the list below. 

Bolton

Manchester

Salford

Trafford