Life in and coming out of lockdown - carer support during COVID 19.

In the wake of this COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after. 

If you are worried that you or someone you look after may be at high risk from coronavirus, NHS 111 can offer direct guidance through their online coronavirus helpline. Call 111 if your (or their) symptoms become severe, and let them know you are a carer.

If you are caring for someone who is deemed to be extremely vulnerable, take extra precautionary measures if providing essential care and ensure you follow the NHS hygiene advice for people at higher risk.

It is vital to self-isolate and follow this guidance if you or the person you care for has symptoms. To combat rises in cases of COVID-19, there are restrictions in place. 

As long as you have no COVID-19 symptoms and take every precaution, you are allowed to continue visiting someone who relies on you for care.

Ensure you continue taking careful measures such as wearing a face covering, frequently washing your hands and cleaning all shared surfaces, whilst minimising any contact where possible.

Some people are worried about having to prove they are a carer during the pandemic in order to travel and demonstrate they are exempt to certain rules.  In Northern Ireland, an ID card has been released for carers – see this page for more information.

For more information, see  'What's the latest guidance on face coverings?'

Unpaid carers are in the Priority  6 group for Covid vaccinations. Just make sure your GP practice knows that you are caring for someone!  

Below you will find a comprehensive range of information and ways to access help to support you as a mental health caregiver to someone living with a serious mental illness during the pandemic and beyond.





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Here2Help has been developed by a local initiative from people who want to make the range of services and support available to anyone in crisis.

This FREE app aims to provide quick to find helplines for users to get support instantly and also a wide range of links to reading materials that can help people in a time of need.