Information for families and carers

Information for families and carers

Families and carers can play an important part in supporting a person with a mental health problem. If a member of your family or someone you care for has a common mental health problem, and they agree to you being involved, you should be given information on the particular mental health problem and on how you can support them throughout treatment. Some treatments for common mental health problems may involve family members or carers.

If your family member or friend has a learning disability or other problems that may affect their ability to respond to questions during an assessment (see What should I expect to happen at an assessment?), you may be asked about their symptoms.

Healthcare professionals should also discuss with you whether you need any help, and offer support if you do.

Questions for families and carers

  • Can I be involved in my family member or friend's care?

  • How can I support a person with a mental health problem?

  • Can you provide any information about mental health problems?

  • Will I be told about my family member or friend's treatment?

  • What should I do if I am concerned about my family member or friend?

  • What support is available from healthcare professionals for family members and carers of a person with a mental health problem?

  • Are there any local family or carer support groups or voluntary organisations?

  • Can I have a carer's assessment and what does it involve?

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