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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Carer and Family Support

Am I a Carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

The person you care for could be:

  • your husband, wife or partner;
  • a family member such as parent, brother, sister, son or daughter;
  • a friend or neighbour.


The care can be in the form of regular daily care, or simply helping out in a crisis. Caring for someone can be very rewarding but at times it can also be very tough. You may feel that caring takes up all of your spare time, or is a drain on your emotions.  

If you are a carer, it's important to recognise that there is lots of help and support available to you too.

There are a number of support organisations that can help you – these are listed here, or alternatively for further information on carers support you can contact:

Carers support

Forward Carers (Birmingham Carers Centre)

Tel:    0333 006 9711   


Email address: info@birminghamcarershub.org.uk


Carers Trust Solihull (including Solihull Young Carers) 

Tel: 0121 788  1143


Our trust's customer relations team operates 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday, for mental health support, advice and information across Birmingham and Solihull:

Telephone: 0800 953 0045

Text: 07985 883 509

Email: bsmhft.customerrelations@nhs.net