Speacialist mental health support

Our new Mental Health carer support programme offers practical, emotional, and psychological support to carers in the borough who are caring for a family member with a mental health issue and recognises the particular emotional and psychological impact this type of caring relationship has on carers.

Mental Health Carer Support programme

 Carers’ Coffee and chat – Fridays 2-3:30pm via Zoom
The group is for peer support and includes workshops covering mental health and well-being strategies to help people manage their caring role effectively.
For more information please contact Evelyn on [email protected]

 Poetry Group
Hillingdon Mind allotment space (or the Carers Centre in case of wet weather) 
Fridays 1.30-3pm on 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 16 Dec 2022 and 3 Feb, 10 Mar, 21 Apr 2023
A meet-up for those who use or would like to use poetry to support their sense of wellbeing.  Open to those who read or write poetry – or who are just curious to know how poetry could improve their lives. 

 ‘Self-Help Book’ Book-Clubs
Fridays 1.30-3pm  at Carers Trust Hillingdon Carers Centre
4 Nov, 9 Dec 2022 and 27 Jan, 3 Mar, 28 Apr 2023
Members are invited to share books (fact or fiction) that have made a difference to their lives – a great opportunity to broaden your own reading experience and benefit from reading therapy.

 Forest Therapy Walks
Wednesday 12 October and 9 November 1.30pm-3.30pm, Langley Park
Forest Therapy sessions are open to all carers (not exclusive to Mental Health Carers). The practices of Forest Therapy (known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan) and Forest Bathing are ways of immersing our senses in the atmosphere of the forest for relaxation and positive health and wellness benefits. 

 Group psychotherapy
Mondays 12.30pm at Carers Trust Carers Centre, High St, Uxbridge
Autumn group:  12 weeks starting late September
Winter group: 12 weeks from early 202.

There will be a particular emphasis on promoting a greater understanding of mental health (carers own and that of those they care for) and the importance of self- care.

New opportunities for carers for someone with mental ill health
In addition to our Counselling and Family Support Service, we are introducing new Zoom
Coffee and Chat sessions, Self-Care training and Psychoeducation webinars, and 
Psychotherapy groups.

Our aim is to more broadly address the particular emotional and psychological impact this type of caring relationship has on carers.

For more information about any of the above, please contact Judith:

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Throughout 2019 we undertook a review of support for carers of someone with an acute mental health condition, and also of the support all carers might need with their own mental health and wellbeing.

We consulted with over 100 carers and then submitted a successful joint bid to the Big Lottery Fund: our new Mental Health carer support programme is now up and running.

It offers practical, emotional, and psychological support to carers in the borough who are caring for a family member with a mental health issue and recognises the particular emotional and psychological impact this type of caring relationship has on carers.

The new programme offers:  

    • Counselling 
    • Psychotherapy groups 
    • Wellbeing and psycho-education sessions 
    • Short-term crisis counselling 
    • Peer support groups 
    • Family support and advocacy 
    • Emotional support

There will be a particular emphasis on promoting a greater understanding of mental health (carers own and that of those they care for) and the importance of self- care.

For more information, or to register for support, contact Judith or Zoe:

Judith

Judith Twycross

[email protected]

Judith

Judith Twycross

[email protected]