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Recovery for Carers: Professionals Research and Resources

There is extensive research describing the impact of mental illness on carers, families and friends. Some research has explored the recovery process for families and friends.

We have compiled some references and resources that may be helpful to you, including written accounts of the experiences of family members who have a relative or friend living with mental health difficulties, and articles highlighting the need to provide support to families, friends and carers. There are a number of resources and websites for carers, families and friends, providing information on recovery.

These resources can be helpful to families, friends, carers, health care professionals and academics.

The Meriden Family Programme in collaboration with Rethink Mental Illness produced a self – help guide for carers Caring for Yourself, which has practical advice and information for relatives and friends. This is available to download from the Meriden website.

Voicing caregiver experiences: Wellbeing and recovery narratives for carers is a book in which ten caregivers from Scotland and Sussex have written about their experiences of caregiving and their own recovery. This book can be accessed here:

Voicing Care Giver Experiences Book (1.5 MiB)

Recovery Revolution – New research project conducted by Service Users and Carers : Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) & Northumbria University

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) Northumbria University and NTW’s Service User and Carer Network have joined forces to explore if there is a pathway to mental health recovery through care coordination.

Service users and carers themselves are leading the research; they have designed data collection tools, gathered data and are now looking to disseminate the findings.

You can read more about this ground breaking project here.


Links to useful literature / articles, self-help booklets and helpful websites have been compiled into a reference list and can be accessed here.

References: Recovery for Carers / Family Members (143.0 KiB)

This list includes useful websites – also listed on this page for ease of access:

Building a Culture of Recovery

Scottish Recovery Network (SRN)

An initiative designed to raise awareness of recovery from mental health problems for those experiencing them as well as those around them.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health website has a wide range of useful recovery material

Carers One to One link (COOL) Recovery– Carer support – neighbours in South Devon have put together a webpage to help current carers of people with

enduring mental illness and future ones, who will often feel alone.

The 3 stages of caring document Mohr, W., Lafuze. J., Mohr,B. (2000) outlined in this Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership document

Recovery for Carers document produced by COOL (Carers’ One-to-One Link)

Wandsworth Carers

Rethink Mental Illness

Recovery to Practice: Resources Center for Behavioural Health Professionals

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – Piloting the way for Recovery

Health Talk Online (Jon Snow)

Education can be seen as key in supporting families and friends. The benefits of psycho-education have been shown through measuring outcomes for carers who have attended educational groups and through evaluations of these groups. Articles and literature looking at psycho-education for carers:

Psychoeducation for Family and Carers Reference List (115.9 KiB)

Documents used on this site

We have listed below all the documents used on this site in different sections:


Helpful services for carers
Recovery resources for professionals