Thank you for supporting someone who needs it. Thank you for finding this website. Thank you for caring enough to reach out for someone who maybe is not able to do it themselves.
All of Cocoon's services are open to you as well as the person who is unwell. We know it can be really difficult to see someone you love experience mental illness. We know it can stir up all sorts of emotions for you as well. You are very welcome at our groups and to attend our counselling services. Taking space for you and your own well being is incredibly important.
Below you will find links information, support and services available to support those affected by perinatal mental illness and difficult emotions. We hope these help you and the person you want to support. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do contact us.
Our services are open to not only the person who is unwell, but the friends and family who support them. You are just as welcome to access our services, including our counselling service. You can contact us even if the person who is ill does not use our services.
Seeing others we love struggle with poor mental health can be incredibly difficult. It can impact on you as much as the person who is ill. Research shows those who care for others are at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety themselves.
Cocoon's aim is to keep all the family, and surrounding support system, healthy and happy. We are here for you.
Looking after someone can mean a range of things. When we talk about 'carers' people tend to think about those looking after elderly people or someone with a physical disability.
However 'care' is more than a physical act. Care also includes supporting someone emotionally, attending medical appointments, holding their hand when they are scared or cuddling them until they fall asleep. This is particularly true if you are supporting someone who has a mental illness or low mood.
We understand people don't want to use the term 'carer'. But it is an important term to know, as it can open doors to extra support for your family. As someone supporting someone with mental illness, you have rights to an assessment of your needs and the possibility of more support to you and your family.
As a 'carer' you will also receive more protection in terms of your employment, which could be important if you have to take time off or require flexible working. Some companies also have 'carers leave' which you could benefit from.
Most importantly, we know those providing support to someone with a mental illness can have affect your own health and wellbeing. Instances of depression and anxiety are higher in 'carers', and especially in those who care for those with their own mental illness. With that in mind, it is important you receive the support to maintain your own health and wellbeing.
Great information about your role as a father and partner
The essential guide for new dads
Andy's website gives lots of information about dads and mental health
Rethink has a 'Carers Hub' on their website with lots of helpful information
Carers UK is a national charity that provides information and resource to carers. It has a fantastic guide called 'Looking after Someone' which covers pretty much everything you may need to know
Mind, the mental health charity, also has a really useful booklet for those caring for someone with mental illness and/or low mood
Find out more about the signs and symptoms of perinatal mental illness
Learn more about the different types of conditions
Find out how to access help, support and treatment
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