Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The theme this year is ‘Healthy and Connected’ encouraging individuals and organisations to look at all the ways we can support carers to look after their loved ones well.
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) employ dedicated Carer Support Workers to support carers both practically and emotionally and has a Trust-wide Carers’ Lead.
GMMH run carer awareness training for all staff, so they can identify and support carers from an early stage, and run a number of free courses specifically aimed at carers of someone with mental health and/or substance misuse problems.
“Health and Wellbeing for Carers” provides carers with new skills and practical advice to help people cope with caring and aims to make carers aware of the support available, so they don’t forget to look after their own health and wellbeing.
This free course is for carers of someone with a mental health and/or substance misuse problem and will be held on 9 July 2018 in Prestwich.
The course is run by the Trust’s Recovery Academy, which provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health and social care professionals.
This Carers Week, the Trust’s Carer Lead, Neil Grace, is urging carers to get in touch to share their experiences caring for someone and their views on what support is available to them. Carers are encouraged to contact Neil to share their views by emailing email@example.com or calling Tel: 0161 357 1246.
Neil said: “The theme of Carers Week this year is ‘Healthy and Connected’ and we are looking for feedback on the ways we can improve the support we provide carers, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
“Our carers give their total commitment to the care of their loved ones but often at a personal cost to their own health and wellbeing. By listening carefully to our carers and involving them in our work we can start to build up a picture of what they want and need, and how our staff can help and support them in their crucial role. We want to do all we can to raise the profile of the essential, but often hidden, army of people who care for friends, partners and relatives.”
To find out more about the support GMMH offer carers, visit https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/carer-information.