Training for professionals – CAUSE’s unique perspective on working with carers

CAUSE has a wealth of experience in delivering carer awareness training and information sessions to a diverse range of professionals, trainees and students.  As a peer-led organisation, all of our front-line team have direct personal experience of supporting a loved one with a serious mental illness.We have worked closely with health, social care and community service providers, universities, colleges and professional associations to deliver interactive, bespoke training and presentations to enhance professionals’ understanding of carers’ needs, issues and perspectives.  To find out more about the training we can provide to your staff, trainees or students contact CAUSE on 028 90 650 650 or email

Representing carers views and linking carers with professionals

As services change and modernise, there is a growing recognition of the central role families, partners and friends play in caring for their loved ones in communities across NI.  Core to our work is participating in and encouraging carer involvement in committees, service user and carer groups and policy / consultation events.  We aim to represent carers’ views and experience and strengthen carers’ voices to influence service providers and decision-makers.  

As carers and professionals, we all share a common objective of wanting to have the best possible mental health services we can.If you are a professional who wishes to engage and link with carers on service or policy development, contact CAUSE on 028 90 650 650 or email: 

Do you work with or collaborate other charities and organisations?

In CAUSE we are committed to working collaboratively within our own sector and across sectors to achieving better outcomes for families, partners and friends supporting loved ones with a serious mental illness.  We regularly link carers we work with to other services (statutory and voluntary) within their communities.CAUSE also meets regularly with Aware Defeat Depression, Action Mental Health and Mindwise.  We are a partner in the collaborative Big Lottery funded Health in Mind programme.

CAUSE also participates in a wide range of networks and forums locally and regionally such as:

  • Mental Health and Learning Disability Alliance 
  • Advocacy Network for Northern Ireland (ANNI)
  • Bamford working groups
  • CO3 Health and Social Care Forum
  • Cross-sectoral and specialist working groups and sub-groups in each of the health and social care trust areas we work in (e.g. carer and service user groups, strategic planning for a, recovery groups etc.)