To care for your family member, friend or neighbour, you need to look after your own health and wellbeing. There are a number of ways you can do this and there is lots of help available.

Your GP practice

Many GP practices have a Carers Champion, a member of staff who helps provide information and support for carers at the practice.

Your health and safety at home

Moving or lifting someone who is disabled or frail could cause an injury if it is not done properly.

Find NHS guidance on how to move, lift and handle someone else here

Support groups and networks

Carer Support Groups can offer you the benefit of meeting other carers who are in the same position. They bring together people who share the same problems, frustrations and rewards.

They can help to provide you with a chance to take a short break from caring and enjoy some time in the company of other carers. The groups are an opportunity to talk, share experiences, and to offer and receive mutual support.

Different groups have different formats and some offer social occasions. Some groups are for all carers, while others are specific to the condition of the person you care for.

Support groups and networks – more information here


Counselling is a therapy where you talk about the things you have problems with, in a confidential and trusted environment.

A counsellor is trained to listen sympathetically. They can help you work through issues, thoughts and feelings.

You can access counselling through:

  • your GP surgery
  • your workplace
  • your university, school or college
  • some voluntary and charitable organisation

You can also find more information about counselling on the following sites:

NHS Choices – Counselling

Carers breaks and respite information

Carers Training – Information, training courses and guidance for anyone who has a caring role. 

Services for carers in Somerset

Working together the following organisations provide comprehensive information, support and guidance to carers in Somerset:

Somerset Carers

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust – Carers service and support

Somerset County Council – Carers in Somerset