Family support – helping carers cope

One common message that emerged from the health care professionals at the hospital when my wife’s illness reached its crisis point was that I should seek support for me.This is where FDAMH came in.

After an initial meeting with Neil he suggested that their Carer Support Group could help. Just being able to talk has been helpful. Knowing that I am not the only person going through this and the feeling that you don’t have to keep it a secret from the world has been such a relief. Just being able to talk has been so helpful.

The support group has been a great help. Neil, Jim and Stuart have provided a safe, confidential environment where people dealing with a wide variety of mental health issues can come together and learn from each other. The atmosphere generated is one that is calm and relaxed, you can participate as much as is comfortable for you.

We have been learning about coping strategies to help not only the person we are caring for but also to help ourselves. Also recognising the signs of stress and methods of dealing with it (this has been invaluable). Thank you Neil and FDAMH for providing this facility. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone experiencing mental health issues with family/friends.

Tags: Carers and Family Support, Stress