Looking After Yourself – Mental Health and Loneliness

Feeling alone and struggling with you mental health can take a toll on not only your caring responsibilities but also your own life.

It is important you know what support there is out there so you can manage the two.

There are many different ways you can help tackle loneliness and better your mental health overall. Below are just a few examples that could be a great starting point for anyone who thinks they may be struggling.

We know it may seem tough to put yourself first but without taking time for yourself, your loved ones may also begin to suffer as a result of you burning out or developing other complications in the future.


Things you can do to help

Taking the first step in helping yourself can be the hardest part for most people. That's why we are here to help and signpost you in order for you to become the best version of yourself. Below are just some brief points on how to start putting yourself first and making sure your needs are met.

  • Talk to Friends and Family
  • Communicate how you feel
  • Approaching local services
  • Speaking to our CarerLinks team
  • Online forums
  • Signing up to our Penpal Scheme
  • Talking to Friends and Family
    One way you can try to tackle the feeling of being alone is by talking to friends and family. They will always want to help but may not know that you are struggling – this is why it is important for you to communicate your feelings. Even just by having a chat over the phone, it could boost your mood and be a reminder that you don’t have to do this on your own.
  • Local Services
    Another way of tackling loneliness is through local services. Teams like our CarerLinks service are here to support you no matter the problem. Whether you just want a chat or some advice, we can be there for you.
  • Carers Pen Pal Scheme
    We also run a Carers Pen Pal Scheme, this is to help aid loneliness especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find out more about this service on our website here.
  • Online Forums
    Online forums are also a great option for chatting to other carers. You can find out more about online forums on the Carers Trust website here.