Events are taking place across Surrey for this year's Carers Week

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Carers, family members and friends who look after someone with mental ill-health in Surrey are being offered guidance to support their own needs, as well as the needs of the people they care for.

To mark this year’s Carers Week, which runs from 12-18 June, we are co-hosting carer information stands and events in public spaces across Surrey with Surrey County Council and voluntary sector partners.

The events are taking place to raise awareness and make sure those who care for someone they know can be identified and supported. They will give carers the opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss their needs and potential support that is available to them, as well as meet with other care givers in friendly environments.

Ann Stevenson, the  Lead for Carers at our Trust, said: “Carers provide a hugely valuable service in our community, and we want to raise awareness so that they can access the help they deserve. Many people who look after someone do not realise they are a carer and as a result are not aware of the support network that is available to them. Often, relatives or friends who care for someone will put the wellbeing of those they care for before their own, meaning their mental and physical health can be impacted.”

According to figures from Carers UK, 625,000 people suffer from mental and/or physical ill-health as a result of the stress and physical demands of caring.*

A carer is defined as someone who looks after a relative, partner or friend in need of support because they are unwell, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid and is crucial to the wellbeing of the person they look after.

A large amount of support is available for local carers who look after someone experiencing mental ill-health:

  • Carers are advised to get in touch with the Action for Carers Surrey contact centre on 0303 040 1234 to find out about important resources and support available to suit their needs. For more information visit www.actionforcarers.org.uk/getting-help/support-near-you/
  • Carers can also call in to their nearest ‘Surrey Hub’ drop-in session to speak to an experienced member of staff. For more information visit www.thesurreyhubs.org.uk
  • Those who are a registered carer with their GP or look after someone who uses Surrey and Borders Partnership services can also be referred for a carer’s prescription, an innovative service developed by Surrey’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, which allows carers to access a wealth of information including training sessions, support groups and social events. The carer’s prescription also offers carers the opportunity to receive a carer’s assessment and directs them towards healthcare services so that their physical and mental needs are also looked after. Speak to your GP for more information

Carers who are experiencing any form of mental ill-health themselves are encouraged to see their GP as soon as they can or refer themselves to Mind Matters Surrey (www.mindmattersnhs.co.uk/surrey), a talking therapies service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental ill-health, such as depression or anxiety.

Our Trust also provides expert, out of hours services for people seeking urgent support during evenings and weekends, which include:

  • Five Safe Havens in Surrey and NE Hants run in partnership with public and voluntary sector organisations
  • The Mental Health Crisis Helpline (Call: 0300 456 83 42 SMS: 07717 98 90 24) Open 5pm-9am Monday-Friday and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays.

Carers Week is an annual campaign which raises awareness of carers and highlights the challenges they face. The campaign also recognises the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the theme is Building Carer Friendly Communities.

* www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures

Carers Week events

Support for Carers – members’ event

A Surrey-wide Trust members’ event called ‘Support for Carers’ event will take place on Thursday 15 June, 10am-1pm at Broadwater Pavilion, Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Rd, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3DH. Surrey and Borders Partnership is inviting carers and the people they care for, as well as members of the public, to join governors, members of the Trust and staff for a morning of interactive and informative carer-related sessions. Call 01372 216158 or email engage@sabp.nhs.uk to register.

The Trust’s Community Mental Health Recovery Services will be holding events across the county during Carers Week. See below for more information: