Serving the people of Bradford, Harrogate, Selby and Craven Districts

Caring can be hard work, both mentally and physically. It’s important to remember that you matter too.

We’re here to listen without judgement. We have understanding, experienced staff with whom you can talk freely and in confidence. Please contact us if you need to speak to someone.

We offer information on any aspect of your caring role and if necessary, we can direct you to other sources of help and support relevant to you or the person you care for.

We can also refer you to our counselling service if you would like us to.

It helps to talk

Caring can be rewarding but it can also bring feelings of sadness, anger and resentment.

Even though you love someone it’s important to recognise that there may be times when you have negative feelings – this is perfectly normal. Carers can feel isolated and it’s important to be able to speak to someone.

As well as Carers’ Resource, you may want to talk to:

  • Your friends and familySometimes carers are reluctant to talk about the demands of their role in case others think they are struggling to cope. Don’t turn down offers – most people will welcome a request for help with a specific task. Help with shopping or sitting with the person you are caring for could also provide a regular social contact for you. Let others know if your role has become more difficult.
  • GPs and other professionals – It’s important to tell your GP you’re a carer and that this information is recorded on your notes. GPs can be a valuable source of support – maybe providing regular health checks, including free annual flu jabs and covid booster jabs (now available for any carers aged 16 and over). Your practice may offer some flexibility with appointments or be more willing to make home visits. Your GP could provide information and advice to help you with caring – if the person you care for is in the same practice, working together to provide care will be easier.
  • National support organisations – Carers UK and Carers Trust are dedicated to carers’ welfare – their services include helplines and carers’ blogs. Carers’
    Resource can provide contact details of all national organisations which support people with specific conditions and their carers. Some operate 24/7 so there’s a chance to ‘get things off your chest’ if you’re feeling low at any time.
Mental Health Support Services

There are a wide range of local and national mental health support services.

A number of key services are listed below.

If you or someone else is in danger, call 999 or go to A&E now.

If you need help urgently for your mental health, but it’s not an emergency, get help from NHS 111 online or call 111

More details about mental health, counselling and wellbeing support services for adults can be found in our factsheet which you can download below.