Help for carers
Need someone to talk to?
The feelings carers experience as they go through their caring journey can be some of the most confusing and overwhelming they will ever encounter. For many, family and friends can help 'lend an ear', and can be an invaluable resource in unburdening the carer of the emotional stresses that caring invariably brings; the important thing is for the carer to have access to someone who they can ‘off load’ to.
It’s important to know that there are other options available. Confidential support offered by the local carers' services is a good place to go to but for some, having a professional counsellor maybe a preferred option.
Our Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It’s an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. You can find the address and opening times here.
Counselling can also help make sense of the role carers have, whether in specific areas such as dealing with bereavement or separation from a loved one, or with the more general feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
Counselling can also help make sense of the role carers have, whether in specific areas such as dealing with bereavement or separation from a loved one, or with the more general feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. If you are a carer and would like to explore the option of speaking to a counsellor, please speak to your GP in the first instance. Find out why it's important to tell your GP your a carer. Alternatively, the following organisations can provide help and guidance to find a counsellor local to where you live:
- Action for Carers Surrey
- First Steps Surrey
- Ieso Digital Health
- ThinkAction Surrey
- Centre for Psychology
- Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Dorking Healthcare
For more information to help your emotional wellbeing click here.