Families and carers

Involving your family or carer

It can be helpful for a family member or carer to know about what you are going through and any risks that you may face, and to understand things from your point of view. They can also be involved in helping to make decisions about your care, if you agree.

The health and social care team should discuss regularly with you and your family member or carer, if they are involved in your care, how your personal information will be shared.

Information and support for families and carers

The health and social care team should:

  • give your family or carer information (both written and spoken) about psychosis or schizophrenia, including diagnosis, treatment, the services and teams involved, and recovery, and offer them support if they have any questions

  • tell them about the types of support available for carers and how to get help in a crisis

  • offer them an assessment of their own needs and develop a care plan with them if needed, which is reviewed every year

  • discuss with them their role in your care

  • tell them about their right to a carer's assessment by social care services, and explain how to arrange this

  • offer them education and support (which may be part of a family intervention).

  • Information Standard