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Supporting mental health carers' role in recovery

The project was set up to improve the support offered to carers of people with serious mental health problems through supportive and educational group workshops. It aimed to empower carers by improving their understanding of mental health services and care; and to develop a model of carer and mentoring support. From the 15 carers recruited, five left due to personal circumstances leaving a core group of 10. The group also contained a high proportion of black and minority ethnic carers. Although outcomes showed no significant shifts in thinking or change for carers, the workshops did help carers to develop resilience, working with health professionals, and empowering their advocacy role. Carers also valued the opportunity to listen and learn from each other and peer support developed throughout the programme.

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Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
0954-7762
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2013
Issue Number
47
Volume Number
109
Start Page
22-24