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Caring for someone with mental health needs

There is no right or wrong way to support someone with a mental health problem.

Rethink is the lead organisation working with Carers of people with mental health needs.  The service supports individual carers by providing practical and emotional support, information, advice, and assistance to them in relation to their role as carers and within the context of mental health diagnostic and treatment pathways.

Rethink are based at Juniper Lodge, The Conifers, Poundbury Industrial Estate, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2PG and are available Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm via mobiles:

Ingrid, Service Manager 07484901532

Olivia, Mental Health Recovery Worker 07483939486

Pam, Mental Health Recovery Worker 07866251265

Ren, Mental Health Recovery Worker 07436816039. 

Dorset Rethink

Carer Support Dorset - provide information, advice, and guidance in your caring role. You might not think of yourself as a carer and think what you do is just part of being a parent, spouse, friend, or sibling. As a result, you might be missing out on the support that is available. Contact Carer Support Dorset for more information.  The Carer Support Dorset Unpaid Carers Assessment Form can be completed here.

Mind has useful information if the person you care for has not been diagnosed and you would like to support them to get help

It can help to understand the diagnosis of the person you care for as it can help you to understand how it affects them. Mind has information about specific mental health problems and how you can give support.

Carer support groups may help if you want to get information and talk to others who have been through similar experiences. Find a Carer's Support Groups on our Community Directory.

As a carer, it is important to look after your own health. We have information and support for carers.

Want to be heard?

Why not join the Dorset Mental Health Forum Carers Project?  They have a carers project ensuring that the lived experience of carers is incorporated within many of their workstreams.  If you would like to get involved and be part of a Carers project to shape and influence local services in Dorset see the Dorset Mental Health Forum Carers Project Facebook page.


Alzheimer's Society has information on hospital stays if the person you care for has dementia.

Keeping safe

Sometimes people you care for behave aggressively, either physically or verbally. This can be very distressing for the person and for their carer, family and friends.

The person you care for may become more dependent or challenging in their own behavior and you will need support to avoid harm to yourself and continue your caring role. Seek advice from your GP or a health professional.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable adult and think that they may be at risk of harm or abuse, you should report this.  Report abuse.