Carers, family and friends

We define a carer as:Carers can be family

“A person who provides unpaid practical or emotional support to someone with a disability, addiction or illness. The person may be a relative, partner, friend or neighbour. A carer may be of any age and may be a young person providing assistance to a parent or another person. A carer may live with the person they care for or provide support from a distance.”

This is a broad definition and reflects the individual and variable nature of caring roles. This is particularly important and relevant when caring for people with mental health, alcohol or drug problems, where support may not always be visible and may vary on a day to day basis.

For many people, supporting and/or caring for a family member or friend does not have a name.  It is just something you do.

For more information, please email

Book on our free Health and Wellbeing for Carers Course

To find carer services near you, please click HERE

For carer information specific to the city of Manchester, click HERE

We also need to take account of our diverse community. Carers can be family, partners in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, a friend or neighbour. They can be of any age, disability, any religion or social, cultural or ethnic group.

There are Carer Champions on most wards and community teams across GMMH who are the links for carer information. The Carer Champions attend training days to equip them with information to share with their team and carers.

The Trust employs dedicated Carer Support Workers to support carers both practically and emotionally and run carer awareness training for staff. We also have a Trust-wide Carers’ Lead.


Take part and get involved

We are committed to working and engaging with service users, patients, family, friends, carers and the public in a wide range of ways.

Ensuring that people’s views are heard at all levels and across all parts of the Trust is essential for creating and delivering better health and care services.

Click the following links for more information on how you can get involved:

Roles for service users and carers

Volunteering opportunities

Carer videos

Mental Health Act 1983

The Mental Health Act 1983

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides a statutory framework for the care of people with a mental disorder who are considered to require assessment, or assessment followed by treatment, if necessary, under compulsion .The Act requires that, before a person may be detained ('sectioned') an Approved Mental Health Professional (a mental health professional who has been approved by the local social services authority) must make an application, supported by recommendations from two doctors, one of whom must be approved as a practitioner with special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorder, to a hospital which provides appropriate treatment for mental disorder.

Guidance on use of the Mental Health Act is provided by a Code of Practice published by the Department of Health and supported by guidance notes produced by the Care Quality Commission. Further information and guidance notes published by the Care Quality Commission . Information and publications about the Mental Health Act and Code of Practice are available from the Department of Health

Right of Appeal against Detention

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides important rights for the protection of detained patients, including the right of appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers - application forms and further information about the right of appeal against detention are available from the Mental Health Act Office at each of our hospital sites. Further information is available from the Mental Health Tribunal Service or by writing to:

The Tribunals Service (Mental Health)

PO Box 8793
5th Floor

(tel. 0116 249 7255)


People who are detained under the Mental Health Act, including people under Guardianship and Supervised Community Treatment, have the right to be supported by the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA). Procedural guidance concerning the IMHA service is available from this website. Further information about the role and responsibilities of the IMHA service is available from Department of Health

What Happens when you are detained under the Mental Health Act?

You can find further information about the Mental Health Act 1983, the Code of Practice, Trust policies on the Act and Guidance notes from the Care Quality commission by searching this web site. Alternatively you can download all of this information from the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission

If you require further information or advice concerning use of the Mental Health Act in Manchester you can write to: The Mental Health Act Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust , Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, M21 9UN. You can also phone on: 0161 277 1118.

If you require further information or advice concerning use of the Mental Health Act in Bolton, Salford, Trafford or other areas (not including Manchester) you can write to: The Mental Health Act Team, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, The Curve, Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 3BL. Email:

Carer information - medication link graphic

CYM medication information

GMMH Social Media details



You can stay in touch with GMMH by following us on social media:

Facebook logo, linking to GMW's Facebook page. This site will open in a new window.     Twitter logo linking to GMW's timeline. This site will open in a new window. @GMMH_NHS

Resources for Carers

Download our essential Resources for Carers Pack containing;

  • Carers and Confidentiality Guide
  • Carer Assessment Factsheet
  • Community Treatment Orders Factsheet
  • Looking After Someone

Resources for Carers

Your Rights in Work Factsheet - Carers UK

Information Leaflets

GMMH-Carers-Community-Services.pdf [pdf] 2MB

GMMH-Carers-Inpatient-Services.pdf [pdf] 2MB

These leaflets are available in different languages: Arabic, British Sign Language, Gujarati, Pakistani Punjabi, Polish, Urdu and can be requested in Braille and large print. Please contact us on 0161 703 1362 or email if this would be useful to you.