Carers Support For Mental Health

In this guide, we cover the different support available for carers and your mental health both locally and nationally.

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Between Covid-19, Brexit, the climate and the cost-of-living crisis, the last few years have been a testing time for all of us- and none more so than our nation’s carers. 

Our recent carer’s mental health survey could not have been more emphatic with its findings:

“Your health is your wealth”, as the saying goes, and none more so than your mental health. However, it often gets pushed to the background for what feels like more pressing financial concerns. They are, of course, intrinsically linked- as our survey shows.

This guide rounds up the resources carers need to help them with both- links to benefits and financial aid they may not be aware of, plus both professional and informal carer’s support for mental health, too. We hope you find it useful.



Many unpaid carers are not aware of their entitlement to “carer’s allowance”- a benefit of up to £69.70 (correct as of May 2022)

Carer’s Allowance is available to people who spend 35 or more hours a week providing care to someone with a disability. Even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a ‘carer’ you may meet their criteria- in fact, estimates say up to half a million people could be missing out on their entitlement here.

Go here to check your eligibility and make a claim for carer’s allowance.

Other benefits you may be entitled to include:

Turn2Us is a charity that offers excellent advice, and they have a handy benefits calculator to check your eligibility.

The Citizens Advice Bureau also offer invaluable free advice on benefits, as well as many legal issues.

Direct Payments

If the person you are caring for has been assessed as needing social services support by your local council or trust, you may be eligible for a direct payment.

These “carer direct payments” or “carer budget payments” are not ongoing payments but one-off supports to help carers look after their wellbeing. 

Here are links to more information on Direct Payments on Carers UK, and information regarding how to apply on the Government website. If you are a direct payments-employed personal assistant, it is imperative that your employer (the person you provide care to) has employer’s liability insurance to protect you both.


Being a carer can feel like a lonely job. Often, you may not feel like you have time to socialise or focus on your own well-being – but there is a range of support available to help address this specific issue.

Register with your GP

Many carers don’t think it relevant to tell their GP of their obligations here, but it can be beneficial to make them aware. Firstly, they can be vigilant for any of the markers that stress can have on your health (higher blood pressure, anxiety and depression), as well as giving advice for other helpful support and services you may be entitled too.

GP’s will often act as your first port of call for other forms of support as a carer – whether that’s linking you up with a local carer, referring you to respite care organisation, or referring you for counselling.

Apply for a carer’s assessment

This is an assessment made by your local authority, with the aim of finding way to support you in your capacity as a carer. 

They are free to any carers over 18 years of age, and they can recommend: 

If you find yourself struggling, the carers assessment is a good starting point to identify where you need help and how best to get it.

Here is a link to the NHS website where you can find your local adult care services to apply for a carers assessment.

See a therapist

Therapists can be a useful option to help you talk to someone about the stresses of the job, and get advice how best to deal with them. If you feel you could benefit from speaking to a trained professional, ask your GP for a referall. 

Mental health helplines

You don’t necessarily have to see a therapist face-to-face. There are a selection of mental health helplines and listening services available. The lines are manned by trained staff, ready to listen and offer the professional advice you need. 

Find a local support group

This guide will help you find carers support groups in your area.

Extra training

Extra training can not only help you feel better equipped do the job, but can be an opportunity to meet other people in the same position as you. 

This NHS link will help you find carers training and education courses in your area.

And here is a links to a selection of free online courses and training for carers.

Online support

Sometimes groups and training just aren’t possible. There are several online communities and forums that can help. Again, meeting people in the same boat can be good for advice, friendship and helping the job feel less lonely.

Support for young carers

Many carers are young people, looking after a family member. Fitting your caring responsibilities in around your education can make life even more testing. There are some special supports available for carers in this position: 

Other supports

We hope this guide has shown you that you are NOT alone, and there is a range of carers support for mental health.

Surewise also offers carers insurance, giving liability cover in case of accidental property damage, injuries or legal expenses for extra protection and piece-of-mind. Have a look and see if we have a policy for you.