05 JAN 2011

Cool Recovery Carers

Later in the morning I met Cool Recovery Carers to talk about their experiences of caring for relatives affected by mental illness. We discussed the difficulties that carers experience when a member of the family has a mental health problem and how communication between mental health professionals could be improved, given that one in four people are affected by mental health issues. There is also the urgent need to stop the stigma and raise the status of mental health within the NHS to the same level as conditions such as diabetes and cancer – particularly where there are acute problems such as psychosis and schizophrenia. The meeting was co-ordinated by Cool Recovery, the local independent mental health charity which has been supporting mental health carers in South Devon since 1999. For more information www.coolrecovery.org.uk or telephone 01803 299511

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