Are you providing regular help to a partner, neighbour, relative or friend who is experiencing mental health issues and could not manage otherwise?

Maybe you don’t think of yourself as a carer – few people do – however to a degree we are all carers. We lend a hand if someone asks us to help out but when ill health strikes, particularly mental ill health, you can feel that your whole world has been turned upside down. It can be complex, challenging, even difficult at times. Families and carers play a key role in the recovery of those with mental health problems and are entitled to help and support. With appropriate advice, information, resolve and determination, you can play an invaluable role in helping someone recover from their difficulties.

Here are some hints and suggestions that were put together by fellow carers;

  • It’s okay to ask for help
  • Learning and getting the right information is essential
  • Take time out for yourself
  • It’s okay to be upset and emotional
  • Talking to someone who can understand and empathise with your situation can really help
  • Use support groups
  • Find out how others cope
  • Focus on positive things
  • Share your view with service providers – having your voice heard can be empowering

For further information about supports in your area please see the links below, for local and national resources.

National Resources






SilverCloud is a website with courses you can do to improve your mental wellbeing. You can learn new ways to deal with the challenges you’re facing. It’s designed by clinical experts, and supported by the NHS and Scottish Government.

SilverCloud is:

  • secure
  • supportive
  • free from stigma
  • flexible so you can do a course at your own pace

SilverCloud is free, use the code Scotland2020 and an email address to sign up. 

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 03/04/2024

Next review date: 03/04/2025

Author(s): NHSGGC MH Supported Self-Management App Editorial Group .

Approved By: NHSGGC MH Supported Self-Management App Editorial Group

Reviewer name(s): NHSGGC MH Supported Self-Management App Editorial Group .