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Looking after yourself: Health and Wellbeing for Carers, family and friends

Supporting somebody with mental ill health can be isolating and daunting. Meeting with others who have similar experiences, learning new skills and improving your existing knowledge can make life as a carer much easier. This course, provides you with a better understanding of the problems you may face as a carer and helps you to build the skills needed to make your life easier.

This course has been developed in partnership with a number of the Trust’s carers to make the course specific for people who care for people with dementia, mental health and/or substance misuse problems.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the many roles a carer may take on and the impact it can have on your own health and wellbeing
  • Better understand the stress and anxiety that can be experienced by carers, as well as practical ways to deal with it
  • Learn effective ways to manage difficult situations in your caring role
  • Learn how to navigate mental health services as a carer
  • Meet other carers and learn to relax and take time for yourself

We define a carer as: “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 can 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.”

“The programme provided a supportive opportunity to think about myself and my needs for a change, and to explore avenues and ideas for change.“

Lead tutors: Neil Grace, Patricia Goodwin and Suzanne Grundy

Dates, Times and Venues

28 January 2020 – 10am to 2.30pm
J2 Training Room, J Block, 2nd Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR


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