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Caring for someone living with    a Mental Illness...

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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.

*Other than Carers allowance

Carer Support and Information

is available through


  • 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  

CLICK HERE  for a video of real carers sharing their stories

CLICK HERE to learn about training for you as a carer

Section on Carers First    with Clanrye coming soon

You can access the Clanrye website HERE in the meantime

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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