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Caring for yourself

Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created a resource called Caring for Yourself which has been developed to help carers, family and friends who support someone with a mental health problem.

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Caring for Yourself is a self-help workbook in eight parts that can be used in an entirely flexible way. The workbook is available as a very useful information and educational resource designed to help carers. It will also be helpful for professionals who work with carers so that they can refer carers to the resource where appropriate. To download the guide please click on the links below

Each of the eight parts of the workbook cover a different topic:

  1. Introduction
  2. Being a carer
  3. Information
  4. Communication skills
  5. Problem solving and goal achievement
  6. Relapse management and staying well
  7. Recovery and hope
  8. Taking care of yourself


The self-contained workbook can be used at the carers own pace and in their own time. It can be used along with a training programme for carers such as Rethink Mental Illness Caring and Coping Programme or Meriden’s Caring for Carers Programme or it can be used independently.

The resource is available online and is free to download. However, Caring for Yourself cannot be completed online. Carers who are unable to download a copy and who would like further information should contact:

Sam Farooq on 0121 301 2896 or email samfarooq@nhs.net