If someone takes responsibility for helping a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without help because of disability, illness or frailty, then they are a carer.
The person for whom care is provided may have a mental health problem, a drug dependency or a disability. The carer doesn’t necessarily live with the person they care for. Carers are generally unpaid for this kind of activity
This could be:
For information about our mental health services and to answer some of the questions you may have, you can download our Carer's Guide to Mental Health Services (PDF).