Looking after yourself
It is important that you look after your own well-being. There are a number of services across North Yorkshire that provide both practical and emotional support. See the links below for more information.
Know your rights
As a carer aged 18 and over, you have a number of rights. These include the right to:
- A carers’ assessment
- Request flexible working from your employer (employees with 26 weeks service or more)
- Recieve financial support through Carer’s Allowance if you are eligible
- Have your views taken into consideration by social services when they are deciding how best to meet the needs of the person you care for
Carers Support Services
Local carers’ support services are organisations whose purpose is to give practical and emotional support to carers. There are four such providers for adult carers in North Yorkshire, operating from five main bases.
The local carers’ support services cover Craven and Airedale; Hambleton and Richmondshire; Harrogate; Scarborough and Ryedale; and Selby.
Services offered by the local carers’ support services include:
- Confidential information, advice, emotional support and representation
- A carer assessment on behalf of North Yorkshire Council
- Benefits advice
- Regular information by way of circulars, bulletins or newsletters
- Referrals to other specialist support organisations
- Information sessions, courses and other related activities
- Help for carers who need support to continue working and caring
To find information and contact details for your local carer support group visit North Yorkshire Council website.
Getting More Help
Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass BUZZ, Kooth and Recovery College Online.
The CRHT team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide specialist assessment for people aged 16+ who need urgent mental health care.Visit TEWV website
Getting Urgent Help
If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Search below for help or see the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.