Carers stories (video)

What it means to make a difference: Caring for people with mental illness who use alcohol and drugs

What it Means to Make a Difference is part of moves by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) to identify the needs of carers more directly and humanely and to provide support for them.


Informal carers of people with mental health problems (such as their family and friends) often say that mental health and other support services simply don’t understand the problems they face.

Mental health service users say they want services to understand what it’s like for them in their distress and disturbed feelings - and it’s just the same for carers.

Many services now accept that carers of people with mental health problems, and particularly those service users with more complex needs, have an important role in helping those they care for to move towards recovery.

What it Means to Make a Difference is part of moves by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) to identify the needs of carers more directly and humanely and to provide support for them.

Click below to watch videos of carers expressing their views and experiences or to download the booklet.

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Carers want to be more involved
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Emotional Investment
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Needs as described by Carers
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How Carers contribute to care what they do
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Coming in touch with Services...
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Final Thoughts
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Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use