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Types of mental health supports for carers, family and friends

Some of the advice on this page may be difficult to follow during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more about minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

When a loved one has a mental health problem, it can be worrying for everyone. But it is important to also look after your own mental health too.

Talk to someone

Have someone to talk to about the things that worry you. Being in a supportive role can be confusing and challenging at times. It’s okay to ask for help.

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Talking therapies

Support groups

You could join a support group for family, friends and carers. These are usually run by community and voluntary groups.

Aware, Shine and Bodywhys all run support groups.

You will meet others who also care for loved ones at the groups.

You may want to share experiences and ideas. This can help you manage the unique challenges of mental health problems.

HSE services

The services we offer include:

  • behavioural family therapy
  • home care
  • day centre care support services

Contact your GP to access these supports.

You and your friend or family member may also agree to talk to your local HSE mental health team. The team will listen to your experience and may be able to offer practical advice or help.

'Journey Together' is a guide for families and friends. It has advice on how to help people with mental health problems.

Supports for children

'Learning about mental illness' is a booklet for children. It is for children whose relatives have a mental health problem.

page last reviewed: 30/09/2018
next review due: 30/09/2021

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