Dedicated carers services
We have carers services in Tower Hamlets, Oxford, Dorset, Ware, Bristol and Doncaster. We also offer practical advice over the phone via our advice line and information line, as well as on our website. Why not see what is available in your area?Find a service Find a service
Our peer support groups
We have 100 support groups open to carers which offer a listening ear, friendship and social support. They form part of our national network of 140 peer support groups. Why not find a group near where you are and join one today.Find a group Find a group
Campaigning and influencing
Our campaigners are helping to transform the mental healthcare system. Working alongside people living with mental illness and their carers, we are working to make sure that the Mental Health Act is reformed and hold the government to account.Read our blog Read our blog
The difference we make
Carers Information Hub
Getting help for a loved one in a crisis
If your relative has a mental illness, you may find that there are times when their mental illness gets worse. This page gives you information on who to contact if you feel that the situation has reached crisis and they need urgent help.Learn more Learn more
How to respond to unusual behaviour
If you have a friend or family member with a mental illness, some of their behaviour might worry you. Unusual behaviour in a relative is often the hardest part of mental illness for people to understand, accept and cope with.Learn more Learn more
Confidentiality for family & friends
You might find that healthcare professionals do not give you information about the person you care for. This factsheet explains why this happens, the options available and how you can try to stop this in the future.Learn more Learn more
What our carers say
I used to think I was the only one going through this. I felt so alone. Now at meetings I’ll tell other parents about services they can access. The Rethink team are great, they’re like family. They check in on us.
Carer and support service user, London
Since our daughter became ill, our lives have been emotional rollercoasters, and the toll on our own physical and mental health has been heavy. Peer support has kept us going, though. We joined our local support group and it was such a relief to realise that we weren’t alone and to talk to other carers who understood what we were experiencing as a family. From that first moment, we’ve been supported by Rethink Mental Illness, and since then we’ve played an active role within the charity. We became coordinators of the support group 20 years ago, and enjoy getting involved in campaigning. It’s been our way of giving something back, and we’ve met some truly courageous and inspirational people, which has been equally therapeutic for us.
Chris and Cheryl Ives, Canterbury
Other ways we can help
Find a group or service near you
Rethink Mental Illness Groups take many forms depending on the needs of the Group members. Groups can be for Carers only, for people who have lived experience of mental illness or both.
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Become a member
From as little as £6 a year, our membership offers you new ways to connect with others affected by mental illness. With a whole host of benefits, why not sign up today.
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Find out about mental health conditions
One in four people will experience and mental illness in their lifetime - it is not as uncommon as you think. We have put together over 100 pages of advice and information to help.
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