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Carers play a vital role in caring for some people with mental health problems or those suffering with drug and alcohol problems.

We know that this role can sometimes be difficult, demanding and lonely. As well as providing care and treatment for the people who use our services, we are also here to support you. If you have a problem, if something is worrying you, or if you are confused about how to get help, then please talk to us.

Am I a carer?

“People who look after a relative or friend who needs support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness, including mental illness”

Department of Health definition, 2002

If you spend a significant proportion of your time providing (unpaid) support to someone accessing our services, we would refer to you as a ‘carer’.

The Carers Partnership identifies four specific carer groups, aiming to give each group a voice in establishing the support that is important to you:-

  • Young carers – carers under the age of 18 years. They may be taking on responsibilities that an adult would normally have.
  • Young adult carers – carers aged 18 to 25 years.
  • Parent carers – those over 18 years of age caring for a child (who is under 18 years of age or going through transition, this can include other relatives or guardians).
  • Adult carers – those over 25 years of age caring for another adult.

You may not see yourself as a carer and may be unaware of the range of support services that can help you in your caring role.

As a carer you are entitled to an assessment of your own needs and a plan of support and should have this option explained to you.

You can discuss and arrange a meeting with any member of our staff, through the Carer’s Services at the Lincolnshire County Council, or Rethink's Carer's services.

If you would like further information on the support that Lincolnshire County Council can offer carers please contact the carers team at Lincolnshire County Council on tel: 01522 782224.