A carer is “a person who provides unpaid, practical or emotional support to someone with a disability, addiction or illness. The person may be a relative, partner, friend or neighbour. A carer may be of any age and may be a young person providing assistance to a parent or another person. A carer may live with the person they care for or provide support from a distance.”
This is a broad definition and reflects the individual and variable nature of caring roles. This is particularly important and relevant when caring for people with mental health, alcohol or drug problems, where support may not always be visible and may vary on a day-to-day basis.
This e-learning package is a great resource for learning about different coping styles, your rights as a carer, and your loved one’s rights under the Mental Health Act.