4. Recovery: a carer’s perspective

An estimated 1.5 million people in the UK care for or support a relative or friend who has a mental health problem. Yet it can be difficult to know how best to do this. And many carers feel unsupported by mental health services.

The guide sets out practical steps to help people provide support for their friend or family member to be as independent as possible and to do the things that matter to them: to build a better life with or without mental illness. It acknowledges that this can be difficult for family and friends and calls on mental health services to do more to help them in this demanding role.

Karen Manchin and Julie Repper

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