Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and we want to shout from the rooftops that those with mental health problems deserve support, love and care!
This is a great day for people to talk about the prevalence of mental health problems in society – in the UK they are responsible for the largest burden of disease – 28 per cent of the total burden, compared to 16 per cent each for cancer and heart disease.
We know, from talking to so many carers over the years, that carers often support someone with a mental health problem or find it difficult to cope mentally themselves.
Support groups run by Waltham Forest Carers, which is based off Boundary Road between Walthamstow and Leyton, include a Mental Health Support Group for Carers for people who support someone with a mental health problem. This includes depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD), agoraphobia, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or any other mental illness, including dual diagnosis.
“Listening to the group sharing their experiences of caring for their loved ones made me think of the problems I am faced with. The session was so helpful to me,” said one carer after attending a Mental Health Support Group session.
Other support groups include: Bipolar Support Group, Black People’s Mental Health Association, Waltham Forest Hearing Voices Group, Social group for people with mental health problems, and various groups for people with drug or alcohol-related mental health problems.
But it is not just those who are being cared for who can suffer mental health problems. The everyday stress of caring for a loved one can be extremely hard to bear – fear, sleep deprivation, isolation, money worries, lack of personal free time, all take their toll.
“We realise how difficult it is for carers to cope both practically and mentally,” says Jem Wright, Information Officer for the Waltham Forest Carer Association. “So we have a range of support groups to help give people the help they need – people meet regularly and share the experiences, get advice and support, and the support of other carers going through similar problems. It can be a really great help.”
For details of upcoming support group dates click here:
Date: Monday 16 November 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Waltham Forest Resource Hub
Address: 1 Russell Road, Leyton, E10 7ES
Booking is not essential – any carer is welcome to come along on the day.