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Caring for someone living with a Severe Mental Illness...

A Carer is anyone who cares (unpaid*) for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction, can not cope alone.

*Carers allowance is exempt

Carer Support and Information

is available through

CAUSE

  • CAUSE Carer Advocates

Carer Advocates will listen and offer you practical and emotional support to help you in your care-giving role.  They will help you learn about mental illness and treatments, navigate services, access the support you need and understand your rights as a carer.

 

  • CAUSE Support Groups

CAUSE facilitate a network of monthly support groups for families, partners and friends across NI. The groups provide you with the opportunity to meet with other people who have similar experiences to you in a safe space.  Many carers value the support, learning and social interaction they get from meeting other carers in our groups. 

 

  • CAUSE Helpline Telephone Support

The CAUSE Helpline is available to carers who need support for themselves in caring for their loved one.  Our Helpline is open - Monday, Wednesday & Friday:  10 am-4 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 12 noon-8 pm. CALL OUR HELPLINE ON   0845 60 30 29 1

  

  • CAUSE workshops and courses

CAUSE offer a range of different workshops and training courses which address the specific needs of parents, families and friends of a loved one who has been engaged with mental health services.  Workshops and short courses are practical, informative and designed to help you feel more confident in your caring role.

 

  • Representing carers’ views:  influencing services and policy

CAUSE works with a wide range of statutory services and community/voluntary groups to raise awareness of carers’ needs and issues.  We actively encourage carers to get involved in influencing policy and service development in their local communities. We strive to keep carers updated on key events / consultations where our voice as carers needs to be heard. 

 

 

Telephone: 028 90 650 650 - Email info@cause.org.uk

www.cause.org.uk  

CLICK HERE  for a video of real carers sharing their stories

CLICK HERE to learn about training for you as a carer

Carer Support and Information

is available through

Carers Trust

  • Carers Trust Support Services

Information is available on the things that can make a real practical difference  for carers and those they care for.

- Support and choices availble to  you as a carer

- Carers support assessments to help you get the right support

- Training and social events for carers

- How to access advice on benefits

- The Southern Health and Social Care Trust carer support support services

 

  • Carers Trust HELPLINE

A simple phonecall can connect you to information and support.  If you can't get through because lines or busy or wish to call outside office hours you can also leave a message and receive a call back within one working day

Charges to this line vary across operators -  078 2693 0508

 

  • Carers Trust Local Outreach & Information Support Workers

Armagh & Dungannon area  - 077 0281 9112     

Craigavon & Banbridge area - 077 0281 9111

Newry & Mourne area          - 077 0281 9109

Dedicated help and support is available for YOUNG CARERS

Raises awareness, identifies and provides direct support to children and young people who look after or help to look after someone in theri family who is unwell or disabled, including children of parents who have mental health or substance missue issues. This includes -

 

- Young carers needs assessment

- Personal support, advice and guidance

- Individual and group support

- Trips and activities durning school holidays

- Help to acces specialist services

- Help to acces services such as leisure and youth services

 

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