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Rethink Carers' Support Project

Helps carers and their families of adults with mental illness, particularly those with schizophrenia, manic depression, OCD and related conditions. At our support groups we occasionally have a speaker. This project has a carers support worker who works with carers, friends and relatives of adults with mental illness by providing support, advocacy, advice and information. The project facilitates two evening and on eafternoon carer support groups. The support groups are for carers of those living with the symptoms of mental illness meeting on a monthly basis. Please contact the service for more details.

Address:
Rethink Croydon Carers Support, Croydon Carer Support Centre, 24 George Street, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1PN
Umbrella org:
Rethink Mental Illness
Area serviced:
Croydon
Contact name:
Ian Sanderson
Job title:
Service Leader
Telephone:
020 8649 6281
Fax:
020 8686 3472
Website:
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 10am - 8pm
How to apply:
Self referral
Parking:
Limited parking is available please arrange in advance
Sector:
Voluntary

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Services providing advice and information relating to all aspects of mental health.
Services offered to those who may require an advocate. An advocate is a person who can support a service user or carer through their contact with health services. Advocates will attend meetings with patients and help service users or carers to express concerns or wishes to health care professionals. Although many people can act as an advocate (friend, relative, member of staff) there are advocacy services available that can be accessed through the Trust.These advocates are trained and independent.
Services which protect vulnerable people, enabling them to be as independent as possible and get the most out of their lives. This could be in a temporary crisis or in a longer lasting situation. Also support services for mental health carers.
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OCD is a problem characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. The behaviour can take various forms such as cleaning or checking rituals in which the person will repeatedly clean themselves or their house or check, for example, that doors are locked and/or electrical sockets are turned off. Dermatological problems are common in people who repeatedly wash their hands. People with OCD can be treated using cognitive behavioural treatment and/or antidepressants.
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Groups or organisations set up to support the specific needs of mental health service users, and their carers.
A young carer is any person (under the age of 18) who provides regular ongoing support to an entitled person/s in an unfunded and unpaid capacity.

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