I've been caring for my son, who has generalised anxiety disorder, for 15 years and things have been up and down. At the moment he is really struggling with the situation and I'm finding it hard too. It would be nice to link in with carers who support people with mental health issues.
Thank you very much for your post.
At this moment due to Covid-19 our support groups are not running, and also our forum is a little quiet right now.
Have you tried Anxiety UK- https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ Their helpline number 03444 775 774. They also have a live chat.
There is also No more panic https://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/ They have community forums and chat lines.
I really hope that the above links will be of help to you and will go some way to managing the anxiety you are both feeling at the moment.
If you wish to talk a member of our staff team the number is 0300 303 1555
-Carers First staff member
I am finding things very difficult with my husband,who has suffered from schizophrenia, for over 20 years. We live in a small flat with no balcony, but do get out for one longish (1 1/2 hr) walk per day, and a shorter walk up to the beach and back. This is allowed under severe mental illness need. It helps, but he is miserable away from his much needed support groups. I miss the gym terribly, and my sport and language groups so we're not happy. However, getting a ten minute exercise break indoors every hour helps, and also online courses for myself.
G. has deteriorated considerably over the last weeks,and now does nothing but sit in his chair, unless prompted. Would this be considered a normal reaction by a long term mentally ill person? The only thing he hopes for now is that we can go on two delayed Spanish holidays later on in the year.
Is your husband able to tell you how he's feeling? It's a really difficult time, with the uncertainty. I can't say whether your husband's reaction is common, but it's similar to my son's.
Thank you for your post
It's good that you have found ways to occupy your time by getting out for walks. Fresh air and exercise are good for the mind, and there are lots of online courses available. You might also like to research;
Keeping in touch with friends and family may help too and even better if you can video call. Set a suitable time and make a date and enjoy a virtual meeting with friends. Zoom is a free app which allows you to speak with up to 25 people on video chat.
We are currently utilising our teams to carry out wellbeing checks as we cannot have any face to face support groups with the current Covid-19 restrictions so if you feel you would like to speak to a member of CarersFIRST and haven't already received a call, please contact us on 0300 303 1555. We are operating out normal opening hours.
CarersFIRST team member.