The Carers Information Pack aims to provide you with a range of information about mental illness, mental health services and services specifically for carers. It was compiled with the input of our Mental Health Carers' Support Workers and carers themselves.
Too much information at once can be overwhelming. With this in mind, we have broken the pack into sections, so that you can access what you need, when you need it.
Carers Emergency Card
Carers often worry what will happen to the person they care for if they themselves are taken ill or are unable to continue caring.
Surrey County Council registers the details of people who would not be able to manage on their own if their carer suddenly became incapacitated or unable to care due to a family emergency.
Once registered, the carer is given a Carers Emergency card, which can be handed to the Emergency Services or a health professional to alert them that there are other people to consider when treating the carer.
Visit Surrey County Council for more information. To register your details and those of the person you care for, please contact Surrey County Council on 0345 009009.
Further advice and support groups
Carers UK is a nationwide charity that provides advice and support to carers. They also keep a list of local services and support groups. If you are new to caring, you might find their leaflet New to Caring? useful. The mental health charity Mind also produces How to cope as a carer which you can buy from their website.