Caring for Yourself


Self help for families and friends supporting people with mental health problems

Rethink Mental Illness¬† and the Meriden Family Programme have issued a major contribution to thinking through the carer’s contribution to supporting people in their recovery, including support for carers themselves.

This is a series of 8 booklets, each of around 28 pages. They are formatted as workbooks, with places for you to fill in your own experiences and information. However, they are also very helpful to read through, even if you don’t work through the examples.

Download the full set of booklets as a zip (compressed) file here.

Or if you prefer you can download them separately as pdf files from

Chapter 7 is on ‘Recovery and Hope’ and is a good description of how this applies both to people with mental health problems and to their families, friends and supporters.