Carer Experiences

Peter's Experience (not real name)

One day I went to a Mind consultation group about the experience of carers. They wanted us to describe visually our experience of caring for our loved one if we wanted to. I thought about my son’s entry into the mental health hospital system…

Brick Wall

What do you do when your son is up against a brick wall? Psychiatrists and therapists want him to bare his soul and accuse him of ‘lack of insight’ because he does not want to go there. He cannot understand why they keep wanting him to…

Carer's Assessment experience, updated September 2019

View Update below On the second of April this year (2018) I had my annual Carer’s assessment (under the new Care Act 2018). The Carer’s assessment is not a test of our ability to care but to see what needs we as individuals have in…

Good and Poor Counselling services

My daughter requested counselling from ‘Think Well-Being’.  She attended for an assessment but was told she was ‘to complex’ for their service. However she has received good help from Rushcliffe Mental Health Team in the form of ‘Compassionate…

Being serious about equality

I am a carer for my brother who has severe disabilities and is non-verbal.  He needs 100% care.  I also have 2 sons who have mental health issues.  When I first got my brother from social services I was given nothing to inform me of his care…