Mental Health & Wellbeing

We offer specialist support to family carers of those aged over 18 who have mental health difficulties and family carers or affected others of another’s substance or alcohol misuse. Get in touch to find out how the projects below can assist you in your caring role.

In addition we welcome all family carers to our wide range of information and support workshops that not only provide information but help you get better connected to services and support.

SAGES (Suffolk, Advice, Guidance and Emotional Support)

Working in partnership with Suffolk Libraries and Suffolk MIND we deliver an information, advice, guidance and support service for families caring for people living with mental wellbeing needs.

If you would like to talk about your caring role, we offer free and confidential 1-2-1 support. We also offer peer support through our Family Carer Making Space groups across the county.

To find out more information about our Making Space groups, please have a look at our posters on the right hand side.

To find out more and to access this service please telephone 01473 835420 or email MH@suffolkfamilycarers.org.

Family Carers Wellbeing

Being a family carer can place huge demands on your own emotional wellbeing. In the 2017 State of Caring report nearly half of family carers said they had suffered from depression because of their caring role.

As a family carer, it’s really important to look after yourself, in turn this can help you feel stronger and more able to cope with you caring role.

We offer a range of services to help support you with this including our ‘Wellbeing For Me’ family carers support programme.

Substance Misuse

Working in partnership with Turning Point and Iceni we provide a range of support and information for families caring for people affected by substance misuse.

A FREE and confidential service for families and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use in Suffolk.

Navigating the Road to Recovery programme

Our ‘Navigating the Road to Recovery’ programme enables you to access information and advice, providing opportunities to form peer support with other people in similar circumstances.

These programmes are evaluated to have a positive impact on family carer’s lives. We support people to explore difficult issues such as controlling and enabling, manipulation, social isolation.

It is also a positive opportunity to meet others in a similar situation and share viewpoints and discuss different strategies.

To find out more about this programme and to see when it is running in your area, please see our Navigating the Road to Recovery course information.

Family Drug/Alcohol Support Sessions

We hold regular support sessions at Turning Point Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and Lowestoft to help guide you with the challenges of having a drug or alcohol user in your family.

Talk to our Family Support Worker for;

  • Basic information and advice
  • Registration with Suffolk Family Carers
  • Referral onto our Family Support programme
  • Signposting to other agencies

Please call 01473 835411 or email Subsmisuse@suffolkfamilycarers.org for more information about our service.

Are you aged 16-24? Are you affected by someone else’s drug and/or alcohol use?

We can provide flexible support for you. We are here to listen, give advice and information, guide your understanding, provide opportunities, support your independence and refer you to other services that may be able to support you.