Emotional support for carers
Looking after someone can be emotionally draining. It can leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed. It can also mean that you have no time for a life of your own, no time to meet up with friends and talk about your worries, and that you become lonely and isolated.
Sometimes you can find yourself getting angry and resentful towards the person you are looking after because of the demands they have to place on you. This is a natural perfectly natural way to feel, but it is not healthy, either for you or the person you look after.
And in some cases it can lead to carers experiencing mental health problems.
It may be that you prefer to carry on with your caring role alone, and that you don't want to accept practical help from others, but it will still help you to talk about your feelings with others, especially people who will have had similar experiences to you and will know just how you feel.
There are plenty of people out there who can listen and advise.
Other information and advice
Sutton Carers Centre provides information, advice and support services for adult carers, parent carers, family carers, young carers and carers of people with mental health conditions. Find out more about the support the Carers Centre can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8296 5611, email@example.com.
Alzheimer’s Society Sutton provides information, advice and support for carers and people with dementia. Find out more about the support Alzheimer’s Society Sutton can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 1875
The Carers Forum meets quarterly at Sutton Civic Offices, and is an opportunity for carers to discuss the latest developments in carer support services in Sutton, and meet other unpaid carers from across the borough. Contact Sutton Carers Centre for information on future forum dates, and to book your place at the forum: 020 8296 5611, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Drug Service for South London (CDSSL) provides support for family members and carers of substance misusers. Find out more about the support CDSSL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8773 1881, email@example.com.
Age UK Sutton provides information, advice and support to older people and their carers. Find out more about the support Age UK can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4090, contact details/form.
Sutton Centre for Independent Living (SCILL) provide information and advice for carers and the people they care for. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4065, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux provides information and advice around finances (including benefits, debt and other financial matters). Find out more about the support the Sutton CAB can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8405 3552, contact form.
Sutton Mental Health Foundation provides information, advice and support for people with mental health conditions and their carers. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch using the details below: Tel: 020 8770 0172, email@example.com.
There is also a regular programme of support groups and meetings for carers in Sutton – take a look at our page on local support groups for carers to find out more
The Admiral Nurse Service provides support for people looking after someone with dementia. Its national helpline is on 0845 257 9406 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend. It provides information, advice and support for carers. It also has a discussion forum where people can talk to others who know what they are going through, support each other, and share ideas. There is specific advice on getting enough sleep, coping with stress and depression, and coping with resentment and guilt.
Carers Trust offer advice to carers on taking care of yourself, and on getting the most from your counsellor.
Depression Alliance provides information packs about depression. Get in touch: 0845 123 23 20
WPF Counselling offers help if you want to talk in confidence about emotional or relationship problems with a counsellor. Concessions are available. Get in touch: 020 7378 2000, email@example.com.
Samaritans runs a 24-hour helpline - 08457 90 90 90 - where you can talk in confidence about your feelings.