5 Carer experience
Mental health problems can have a huge impact on relatives and friends who support the cared-for person. They can be emotionally draining and upsetting, and many carers are not prepared for their new role. However, many carers also find a sense of achievement in their caring role and the relationship with the cared-for person becomes deeper and more meaningful.
Within this topic you will look at how caring for a family member impacts on family carers. You will examine family carers’ rights, and their relationship and engagement with mental health services. You will also consider how a more carer-centred approach might help to develop a relationship between family carers and mental health services.