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Carers’ Support: Dementia And Older People’s Mental Health

Older People's Mental Health Specific – Of Use To Carers Of People Living With Older People Living With Mental Health Issues


A directory of resources to support carers of people living with older people’s mental health. You can download the PDF version here: Carer's Support: Dementia and Older People's Mental Health  

Headway Devon

Phone: 01392 211822
Headway offer advice and support for carers of people with brain injuries.


Recovery Devon

Telephone: 07824 161192
Link to the pages on self help for families and friends supporting people with mental health problems. Also available: guide to support friends and family when a loved one enters acute services. You can download a series of 8 booklets, each of around 28 pages. They are formatted as workbooks, with places for you to fill in your own experiences and information. However, they are also very helpful to read through, even if you don’t work through the examples. Chapter 7 is on ‘Recovery and Hope’ and is a good description of how this applies both to people with mental health problems and to their families, friends and supporters.



Mind Info line: 0300 123 3393
To find your local branch:

The Exeter and East Devon branch tell me that they do not do anything specific for carers. All referrals ( to access 1-1 support for the person with mental health issues) must be through Devon Partnership Trust. The National Website has lots of useful information for families and friends of people with mental health issues including brief descriptions of diagnosis and what you can do to be supporting and looking after yourself.



Devon Office : 01395 271804 
Links to benefits advice; help in a crisis; information on specific conditions; your relative’s future care; information for siblings etc. Downloadable booklets on topics such as caring for yourself, what it means to you to be a carer (e.g the challenges and effects on your family and your relationships). The booklets are quite in depth and could be used as part of Carer Support Officer targeted support.


Devon Partnership Trust

Wonford House, Exeter general number: 01392 208866
Carers and families pages. Further links to support for carers; other local and national organisations and health and well being checks.


Depression and Anxiety Service

Exeter: 01392 675630
East & Mid Devon: 01392 385170
North Devon: 01271 335041
South & West Devon: 01626 203500
Torbay: 01803 696600

Devon Partnership Trust provides a service across Devon and offers a range of different types of treatments and therapies for people aged 18+ experiencing problems with low mood/depression, anxiety or stress. Self-referral online or call your local office or through your GP.


National Autistic Society

Autism helpline: 0808 800 4104 Lines are open 10am- 4pm Mon – Thurs and 9am- 3pm Fridays
Information on aging and autism, including information on how to support someone with autism when someone close dies. Includes real life stories of older people with autism.



Helpline open 365 days a year, 4pm-10pm: 0808 801 0711.
Beating eating disorders. From the home page, put carers into the search bar.


OCD Action 

Phone: 0845 390 6232
On right hand panel, click on concerned about someone else. Useful factsheets and videos on topics such as hoarding and what to do if someone refuses help.



If you have a query about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder you can contact the OCD-UK advice line support team by calling or emailing us:0845 120 3778 or 0345 120 3778 or
Link to family, friends and carers pages.



Free phone: 116 123
Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. The page includes information for people who are Deaf, have hearing or speech impediments.



For details of local support groups, call our Group Development team on 0333 323 3885.
Information and Support - We give practical information and support via telephone and on our website. Call 0333 323 3880 to speak to a member of our Information and Support Team.
Link Mentoring - Offers support and information for people with bipolar, as well as family members, friends and carers. Bipolar UK recognise the crucial role of carers.


Blogs & Forums

Blogs are diaries and reflections from individuals who live with a condition or who are a care for a person with a condition. Google ‘Blogs for ….( what ever the condition you need to know about)’ For mental health, there are far more blogs for people living with the condition that for their carers.  Forums are more like conversations with other people in similar situations to yourself. Here are some forums to get you started.

Carers UK Forum

Sane Support Forum


Day Activities


Age UK

Devon Office, Exeter: Phone: 0333 241 2340
Age UK’s schedule of weekly activities for the over 65’s. Not about supporting specific mental health issues, but provide opportunities for socialising and physical activity.


Time for Life 

To make a referral call Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 
This project is an enabling service for people over 65 at risk of isolation, possibly because of a bereavement, financial difficulties, impairment or disability. It is a Devon Wide service. This page leads you to more information and the referral contact.