Caring for children
As a parent, you will want the best for your child, particularly when they are facing difficulties. We hope that you and your children find the information on find these pages helpful.
If you are worried in any way about your child, the best thing to do is to talk to your GP, health visitor or school nurse. They will be able to advise on the best way to find help.
If your child is referred to one of CPFT's children and young people's services, you will find information about our services and what to expect on the service directory pages.
These links offer helpful advice:
Parents and carers are the most valuable resource children have. Because we recognise this, we are committed to listening and learning from you. We particularly value your feedback about the services you receive.
We are actively looking for carers to be involved in service planning and development. If you are interested, or have comments or concerns to raise, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Caring for older people
Are you helping to look after and support a loved one?
You might be supporting and helping to maintain a person’s independence. This may be your husband/wife, mum/dad, children, grandchildren or even a neighbour or friend. You might be helping to support their memory, support them emotionally, or help with day-to-day tasks like washing, dressing, cooking and cleaning. Whatever form this takes it can begin to put a strain on your relationship, as well as being a strain on you physically and emotionally.
The physical strains of supporting a loved one could be due to taking on more of the household jobs. Also, you might be more involved in washing and dressing your loved one. You might be learning new skills such as dealing with the household finances and how to prepare a meal.
You might be having to adjust to a number of losses, such as a loss of the person your loved one was, the loss of the roles they used to take in your life, the loss of the future that the two of you had planned together, and the loss of your independence. This can understandably lead to feelings of stress, worry, low mood, guilt, and, at times, resentment for the person you are supporting.
If you are feeling like this then it can often be difficult to ask for help. You may be thinking ‘I should be able to cope better’ or ‘it is my duty’. Often people find talking to someone about the way they are feeling helps them to manage their feelings more easily. You may find it helpful to talk to a professional or you may prefer to talk to a close relative or friend.
There are services and organisations that may be able to offer support:
Hints and tips
Enjoy some 'me' time
It can sometimes be difficult to find time to do things for youself and often people feel guilty about doing this. However, it is important to replenish your own resources in order to be able to keep giving to your loved one. Do something you enjoy. It could be as simple as going for a walk, reading a book, or enjoying a bath.
It can be difficult to maintain your relationship with friends when much of your time is spent supporting your loved one. However, your friends can be a good source of emotional support especially when you are finding things more difficult.
Talk to someone
"A problem shared is a problem halved" - it can help to talk about your feelings either with a professional or, if you prefer, a family member or friend.
Ask for help
Sometimes it can be difficult doing things on your own. Family and friends are often happy to help, such as doing your shopping or gardening to take away some of your stress. You only have to ask.
Caring for people with learning disabilities
People with learning disabilities might access any of the services CPFT provides.
This area of our website provides information for families and carers of people with learning disabilities. We are committed to supporting you and the person you care for during the whole of the process.
- Work with you as essential partners in supporting a person’s access to and use of our services
- Recognise that you have your own needs and offer an assessment of them if you wish
- Provide information, support and advice
- Ensure you know about other supports available to you
- See your views on our services and act on your feedback
At the bottom of the page you will find links to information about:
- Learning disability and mental health
- Carers support and organisations
- Links to easy-read information
- Information about local learning disability services
- Links to other useful organisations