Mental Health Carers Group, based in Stockport, aims to provide a warm, friendly and approachable space for carers to meet others who have experienced what they are going through.
The group host monthly meetings and yearly conferences, have a library of books relating to mental health and they also signpost individuals to any other services they may need.
What makes Mental Health Carers Group different is that it is run by carers for carers. This has made a huge difference to the attendees, as they no longer feel judged. Talking with someone that is going through a similar thing to yourself can often help individuals to overcome the difficulties that often come with caring for someone with a mental health illness.
The group helps carers who can often feel isolated. While these carers understand the importance of the strong relationships they have with their peers, and ensure they are constantly learning about mental health thanks to Mental Health Carers Group, this group also understands the importance of the relationships carers have with one another thanks to their monthly meetings.
These relationships can often prevent carers from having any mental health problems themselves, as caring for an individual can occasionally be very socially isolating and lonely. This group aims to prevent this by creating a place for individuals to go and talk about their situation with like-minded people without being judged.
The group has received some great testimonials from beneficiaries, including one member who said: “I am the mum of a young man who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. This group in Stockport have provided me with great support, advice and somewhere to go where people really understand what myself and my family are going through.”
Another member added: “As a carer to my husband who has mental health problems, I have attended training courses. We have been to events where the speakers have given us valuable information, but most of all the knowledge we are gaining at the group is from the group members themselves. Our lives are very difficult as carers but we are all supporting each other.”