Families, friends and carers play a vital role in supporting people with mental health problems and/or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We know this role can sometimes be difficult, demanding and lonely.
As well as providing treatment and care for the people who use our services, we are here to support you.
We know the most important thing that we can offer carers is good quality care to the people they care for, but it is also essential that we listen and work alongside carers.
With the continued pressure on public spending and increasing numbers of people with mental health problems requiring support and care, it cannot be overestimated how much we need to recognise and value the amount carers and families contribute to the day-to-day support of people who use our services.
Our Family and Carers Strategy sets out our priorities for the next three years and is a renewed statement of our previous commitment to families and carers.
We run an annual Family and Carers Listening event, which gives families and carers the opportunity to meet and share their experiences with staff, gather information and hear about the work being developed across the Trust.
Training and support for people with mental health difficulties and their carers, family and friends.
Triangle of Care is a partnership between service user, staff member and carer that promotes safety, and supports and sustains wellbeing for all. For this year we have signed up to complete Triangle of Care assessments of inpatient and crisis services to provide evidence of family and carer involvement. Our focus in the second year will be assessing community teams.