Informal carers of people with mental health difficulties, including psychotic disorders, can be anyone but will often be close relatives such as parents, partners, siblings, and young or adult children. 

Their role in supporting recovery experiences for individuals with psychosis is substantial and widely recognized by different groups, including service users themselves, health and social care providers, governments, and policy makers.

The findings of this study bring forth the voices of relatives and informal carers of people with psychosis, by highlighting some of the common themes of their lived experiences from the time of the initial diagnosis and throughout the different clinical stages of the disorder. Informal carers are key stakeholders who can play a strategic role, and their contributions in the recovery process merit recognition and active support by mental health professionals.

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