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Mental Health Resources for Carers: Tackling Loneliness Together

Loneliness Awareness Week is an important reminder of the silent struggle many people face. For carers, loneliness and isolation are particularly common. The demanding nature of caregiving often leaves little time for social interaction, and carers can find it hard to relate their experiences to those who do not share similar responsibilities.

At Grey Matter Learning, we recognise the vital role carers play in supporting others. We want to ensure that they, too, are supported. This is why we have put together some essential mental health resources to help carers combat loneliness and maintain their wellbeing.

Online Support Groups

Engaging with peers who understand the unique challenges of caring can be incredibly reassuring. Online support groups provide a platform to share experiences, seek advice, and build a sense of community.

Carers Connect: An online forum for Carers in the UK where you can connect and share your experiences. Open 24/7, this forum allows you to speak with like-minded people and get support from those who understand.

Carers Trust: An online platform for unpaid Carers. They offer a fantastic range of health and wellbeing resources and links to loneliness forums and hubs.

Mental Health Helplines

Sometimes, speaking to someone can make all the difference. Helplines offer confidential advice and emotional support from trained professionals.

Samaritans: Available 24/7 for anyone in need of emotional support. The Samaritans help people who are lonely, desperate or struggling. You can contact them on 116 123.

Mind’s Infoline: Provides advice and support on mental health issues. You can call them on 0300 123 3393. Alternatively, Mind also has a page on their website dedicated to supporting yourself whilst caring for someone.

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Professional Counselling Services

Counselling can be a powerful tool for managing stress and emotional strain. Many organisations offer free or low-cost counselling services for carers.

Carers UK: Offers a network of counselling services. They have a range of resources related to counselling specifically for carers available on their website.

Carers Support Centre: Provides access to Counselling, Befriending and Mentoring services giving you the opportunity to talk to a counsellor or training volunteer.

Self-Care Apps

Support apps can play a crucial role in improving mental wellbeing by alleviating feelings of loneliness and stress. They provide connection, support, and a sense of community. Here are some apps that can make a difference:

TalkLife: Peer-to-peer support network for mental health, connecting you with like-minded individuals dealing with the same things as you.

Happy: Whether you’re looking for a casual chat, need to vent, or find your daily responsibilities overwhelming, one touch connects you to essential support. Available 24/7, the app connects you with a “Support Giver”: a compassionate, nonjudgmental listener ready to help.

Wellbeing Training

Training can also play a crucial role in improving mental wellbeing by alleviating feelings of loneliness and stress.

Wellbeing Package: Our brand-new Wellbeing Package consisting of 20 online courses has recently launched. Carefully created to aid health and social care workers in their self-care journey. We consulted with hundreds of carers to develop these courses, ensuring they address the real challenges faced in the workplace. These courses will help carers build the knowledge and tools to help themselves and their colleagues deal with wellbeing challenges.

Take advantage of these resources during Loneliness Awareness Week

We encourage carers to use these resources to connect with others, seek advice, and find comfort in knowing that help is always available. Taking care of your mental wellbeing is just as important as the care you provide for others.

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Take advantage of these resources during Loneliness Awareness Week

We encourage carers to use these resources to connect with others, seek advice, and find comfort in knowing that help is always available. Taking care of your mental wellbeing is just as important as the care you provide for others.

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