We know that caring for someone living with a mental illness can be tough, as well as rewarding. That’s why we’ve developed groups and services to bring people together, so that they can find friendship and peer support.

The difference we make

When asked about our groups, 91% of carers said that they had 'helped me to reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness', and 87% agreed they had 'helped to improve / maintain my mental health and wellbeing'.

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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.

Dorita

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

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