Carers Week 20202020-06-09T15:27:33+01:00

Carers Week 2020 8th – 14th June 2020

About Carers Week 2020

Carers Week 2020 is made possible by Carers UK and five other national charities. Headline supporter British Gas.

Mind in Bexley is asking you all to join in ‘Making Caring Visible’ Find out more on the Carers Week website.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution that they make to families and communities. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as a carer to access much-needed support.

Mind in Bexley Carers Service Event  ‘Carers Week 2020’

Our event will be taking place on Thursday 11th June @ 3pm – 4.30pm we will be having an online carers tea and cake celebration! Some carers have already told us they will be celebrating by baking for themselves. We will also be doing an online quiz for a bit of fun!

This event is only open to carers who are currently accessing our service but if other mental health carers in Bexley want to join us they can contact our service directly for more information.

Making Caring Visible

Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but it can also be isolating and challenging and can have a profound effect on your mental, physical and emotional well-being. Being responsible for someone else can be tremendously stressful.

This can put extra pressure and strain on you, especially as you try to carry on with your own life as well.

That’s why, this Carers Week, we are focusing on ‘Making Caring Visible’ to ensure that carers get the recognition, time & care, support & information that they need from services and the wider community.

Love and Support 

Love and Support Anon: When my son became unwell, I felt so supported by Imogen & Andy. You both held me up.  You both ‘Hugged’ me and cared for me when it was a heartbreaking  time for my family and I. There is much love &

Yvonne’s story 

Yvonne's story ‘Hello my name is Yvonne my daughter tried to commit suicide she is 18. I’m sorry for crying, all I do is cry, I don’t know what to do, I feel so alone , I’m lost, I guess I just want to get help for

Lockdown Story

Lockdown Story Anon: It has felt lonely at times caring for my elderly mother. Because of lockdown I have sometimes had to use the phone to do my caring. I do split the care of mum with my brother. He has been getting the food

Carers Story

Carers Story My story is much like other carers but my job is also a home carer for an agency we care for old or dying mainly bedbound people also people younger with disabilities  the job in itself is very hard mentally and physically but

Taking Care of Yourself

If you can find some quiet time to yourself a few times each week, or every day if you can manage it, it can really help to give your mind some calmness and clarity.

Meditation practice offers a way to disengage from the hectic world around you by focussing your attention inward. In meditation practice, we use the breath as a tool to create a greater sense of inner peace. By connecting to the breath, you can disconnect from upsetting thoughts, emotions and other stressors that disrupt your well-being.

In the meditation below, the concept of inner peace is explained by using a hurricane as a metaphor. Within the strong, turbulent winds of a hurricane is the eye, a calm, quiet space. The aim is to help you explore your sense of inner peace by using the breath to become like the eye of the hurricane; the silent part of you that can notice difficult or challenging experiences without getting caught up and carried away by them.  In the eye of the hurricane you become an observer that can notice what is happening from moment to moment with a sense of calm and clarity.

The eye of the hurricane meditation

Author – Hugo Alberts (PhD) and Lucinda Poole (PsyD) https://positivepsychology.com

Free Training for Carers

 ‘Not a care in the world’

Is providing free online training for carers throughout Carers Week.

Please see the below link for further details and how to book.

Upcoming Online FREE Workshops for Carers Week 8th-12th June 2020: https://www.notacareintheworld.co.uk/events

Carers Support Services

National Mind Carers Resources

Guidance

Guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care

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