Rethink Mental Health

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I am feeling worried, low and stressed, struggling with my mental health.

They improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information, and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone severely affected by mental illness has a good quality of life.

What can they do for you?

They improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information, and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone severely affected by mental illness has a good quality of life.

Carer support – provide tailored information and advice about the care and support available to them and how they can access it. This includes carer’s assessments from their local authorities, benefits and financial support they may be entitled to, and peer support that can connect them with others who understand their day-to-day experiences.

Advocacy is having someone by your side and on your side when you want to be more involved in decisions about your care, treatment and living arrangements. An advocate can stand by you and stand up for you when important decisions are being made about your care, treatment, and the way you live your life. They can help you understand your rights and options and then support you in expressing your views and wishes to the relevant services. They can also speak up on your behalf if that’s what you want.

Advice and helplines -Rethink Mental Illness has a number of helplines which offer emotional support and also a national advice service, all of which offer support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their careers and relatives.

How do they do it?

They provide services and keep people living with mental illness safe and well in the community, prevent their needs from escalating, and help them live independently, access the information, support, and care they are entitled to, and understand and exercise their rights.

Their aim is to deliver a better life for people severely affected by mental illness. They do this by not only meeting their mental health needs but also sometimes you don’t want to trouble your family, so the service is a good way to talk to someone in confidence. You will find out that there are people out there who do care for you and want to talk to you.

By helping people to improve their physical health, take control of their lives and establish a sense of belonging to their community. 98% of people who use their services said they got the right level of support from us, and 97% felt supported in achieving their goals.

What benefits could you experience?

Supported and informed

Where do they operate?

• They have teams across the UK, to find out the teams closest to you, please contact them

How to contact them or get there

Their advice and information helpline is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, excluding bank holidays. The phone number is 0808 801 0525.

Their webchat service is open from 10.00am – 1pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. We are Rethink Mental Illness

Website: We are Rethink Mental Illness

You can email them at advice@rethink.org. They aim to respond within five working days. You can write to Rethink, PO BOX 18252 Solihull B91 9BA.

They aim to post our reply within five working days of receipt of your letter. The things they give advice and information on include:

• Mental health system
• Access to mental health care
• Social care
• Mental health treatments
• Carers rights
• Mental health conditions
• Complaints and Advocacy
• Medical records and confidentiality
• The Mental Health Act
• The Mental Capacity Act
• Mental illness and the Equality Act
• Mental health and employment
• Mental Health care in prison
• Mental health and welfare benefits

Support for carers

The nearest supporters’ group is the Salisbury Rethink Carers Support Group. Open to: Carers call 07483 332529 – Dominique.Toyra@rethink.org.

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free well-being, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (bridgit.care)

People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.

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Carer Support Dorset can help you find the support you need for your caring role.

Freephone number for Carers: 0800 368 8349

Additional Information

Rethink Mental Illness was formed almost 50 years ago by a group of inspiring people who were caring for a loved one living with schizophrenia.

Since then, the experiences and knowledge of carers and people living with mental illness have been vital in helping the organisation improve the lives of thousands of people every year. Together, they’ve done this by developing and establishing expert information and advice, services and support groups for people severely affected by mental illness.