Many carers experience emotional and mental health changes. Most don’t feel able to discuss this because they are caring for someone in the family. And, whilst many carers have high emotional resilience, others find caring constantly challenging. This can be because of the symptoms of a condition, such as dementia or wider mental ill-health, at times of change such as hospital discharge or because there are too many demands of the carer.
If your GP is aware you are a carer and are reporting any signs of depression, you should be referred to a counsellor or to Talking Therapies. You can also refer yourself to Talking Therapies.
The website has a helpful self-assessment form which can be completed if you are unsure if the service is right for you.
Talking Therapies let you talk to a trained therapist about negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes.
For more information on Talking Therapies look at the Mental Health Foundation, which also produces a range of downloadable information booklets and podcasts.
Many carers find that peer support groups a helpful way of talking through issues with people in the same situation. Whether these are online or face to face, having an opportunity to hear how others have coped helps many carers deal with some of the problems they are facing.