Carers invited to share their views during Mental Health Awareness Week

Carers invited to share their views during Mental Health Awareness Week

What: Carers Forum – Working in Partnership with Mental Health Services – how do we make it happen?
When: Friday 12 May 10am – 1pm
Where: Wheatstone Hall at Gloucester City Museum, Brunswick Road, Gloucester. GL1 1HG
Why: Chance to have a say with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council and the 2Together NHS Trust
Who: Contact Mairi Mills on 01452 872240 or email mmills@carersgloucestershire.org.uk for info
How: No need to book – just turn up – all welcome

Carers Gloucestershire is providing an opportunity for the voices of the county’s unpaid carers to be heard during national Mental Health Awareness Week, 8 – 14 May 2017.

Carers looking after family members with conditions ranging from anorexia to dementia or agoraphobia to depression are being invited to an event taking place in Gloucester on Friday 12 May to have their say on how the county’s mental health services can better support service-users and their carers.

The Carers’ Forum takes place at the Wheatstone Hall at Gloucester City Museum on Brunswick Road from 10am.  Outcome manager for mental health services in Gloucestershire, Karl Gluck and Jo Denney, Consultant Occupational Therapist for Social Inclusion will listen to carers’ experiences of mental health services and join a discussion on topics such as getting a diagnosis, what to expect from services, plus give an update on new developments in the county.

Carers Gloucestershire Chief Executive, Tim Poole said: “Caring for a loved one with mental health issues can be all consuming. We know that 4.5% of the county’s population live with long-term mental health problems, that’s roughly 27,000 people, many who will require care and support from friends and family members. Over 12,500 carers in the county care for someone for over 50 hours per week, a proportion of which are mental health carers.

“Caring can be very isolating, you may be on call 24 hours a day, your sleep can be interrupted every night, your social life can disappear as your caring role increases and sometimes it can even be difficult for you to leave the house when caring for someone with severe mental health conditions.

“One of our aims as an organisation is to support a strong carer-led ‘voice’ to influence policy and services to improve outcomes for all carers.  This forum will provide such an opportunity, and we know that the county’s mental health service providers are keen to meet with and engage with carers from across the county.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the event with no need to book.  For more information, contact Mairi Mills at Carers Gloucestershire on 01452 872240 or email mmills@carersgloucestershire.org.uk.