We are marking Carers Week by launching a series of real life short videos by carers who care for people with borderline personality disorder.
Carers Week takes place between 10 and 16 June and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The short videos share the real life stories of carers and their experiences of caring for family members with Personality Disorder. They also talk about how the family skills training that they received at the Trust has improved their relationships.
The family skills training aims to enhance skills and knowledge in how carers communicate with people who have a diagnosis of a personality disorder or with mental health problems.
Susan who features in one of the videos and cares for her daughter who suffers with borderline personality disorder said:
"Once I accessed the course I feel that I now have a lifeline and I have someone who can support me, I feel that I am in better equipped and can talk to my daughter a lot better and hopefully help her".
Alicia who is a carer for her daughter who has borderline personality disorder and OCD said: 'As a carer the biggest support that I received was the mental health awareness training. In the past I have always tried to make my daughter feel better by patting down her feelings, as I was too distressed by her distress. Since I have begun to acknowledge this my daughter can see me as a trusted person, I feel our relationship has improved dramatically".
To find out more about the training education and support programmes for carers, that the Trust offers contact: John Chiocchi on 01925 664042 or contact your local recovery team.
You can view the Carers Week video clips below: