Special online support for carers
New groups to help people who are looking after others focus on themselves
Two new online groups have been created to support people who look after someone who is currently accessing Oxford Health’s adult and older adult mental health services. The support is being provided by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
One group, Family and Carer Support Group Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, focuses on people caring for someone who is affected by suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviour. It takes place online between 6 and 7pm and on the third Thursday of every month.
The second group, Caring and You Support Group Oxfordshire, meets virtually between 1 and 2.30pm on the third Friday of the month.
Both groups are organised using Microsoft Teams.
Di Hilson, Oxford Health’s Carer Involvement Lead, said: “Many of our carers may be feeling alone and in need of support. These groups allow you to focus on yourself, meet new people, speak to others in similar situations and share your experiences.”
Anyone who is apprehensive about joining a support group or online session for the first time is invited to call 07775 816646, where help is available. Alternatively email Di Hilson, Carer Involvement Lead at Diane.Hilson@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.