Caring for someone with a mental health problem

You may be looking after someone with mental health problems. Or you may find that your own mental health is being affected by your caring role.

Caring for someone with mental health problems

Contact your local carer service for support if you are caring for someone with mental health problems.

Have a look at the information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for patients, carers, family and friends relating to mental health problems and disorders.

We have tips to help you talk to the person you care for if they are having suicidal thoughts and information if you have been affected by suicide.


You may want to find out more about the Triangle of Care which highlights the need for better involvement of carers and families in the care planning and treatment of people with mental ill-health.

Rethink Mental Illness has information about why healthcare professionals may not share information with you about the person you care for.

Taking care of your own mental health

Ask your local council for a carer's assessment. It's a chance to discuss your needs with your local council. It is free and your local council will use it to decide what support to give you. 

Find out more about the importance of taking care of yourself

Date revised: 13/05/2019