Local carers benefitted from a special event yesterday, which aimed to encourage them to take time out for themselves and learn about support services available to them. The event was organised by staff at Nabcroft Day Unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield, which is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The event, which attracted around 70 people, gave unpaid carers of adults with mental health problems an opportunity to have relaxing pampering therapies such as Indian head massages, reflexology and hand massages, kindly provided by Huddersfield’s White Rose School of Beauty. There were many information displays at the event, telling carers everything they needed to know about local services and community groups offering advice and support.
Carers also had the opportunity to enter a raffle as well as take part in a special version of the popular mystery game ‘Cluedo’.
Pat Gerrard, a carer who attended the event said, "The day was really useful and opened my eyes to some of the services that are available for carers. Carers like myself often feel they need help but are too proud to ask for it, and this event showed that help is out there and there is nothing shameful about taking advantage of it."
Helen Gavin, a healthcare assistant at the Trust said "Carers do an invaluable job of looking after people with mental health problems but when you are busy caring for someone else it is all too easy to neglect your own physical and emotional well being. It is important therefore to give carers the opportunity to take time out for themselves, as well as learn about local services that can help and support them."
If you live in the Huddersfield area and are a family member, friend or neighbour of an adult with mental health problems who regularly provides care, and wish to find out more information about accessing carer support services, contact the Nabcroft Day Unit on 01484 343270. For more information about general local carer support services, call freephone 0800 587 2108.