An unpaid carer can be a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who supports a person needing help because of disability, physical or mental health difficulties, frailty or addiction. Providing any level of care to somebody else can have an impact on an individual’s life and sometimes this can cause stress, fatigue and loneliness.

On this page you can find factsheets, tips and information, organisations and services in East Lothian on what it means to be an unpaid carer, the impact it can have on your mental health and ways to improve your wellbeing.

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These factsheets will help you understand more about what it means to be an unpaid carer and the support available.

Facts and figures about carers in Scotland from Carers Scotland

Carers and Anxiety factsheet from Anxiety UK

Tips and information

Here are some different tips and ideas on how to look after your wellbeing:

Coping with stress and depression from Carers UK    

Self-care tips for carers from My Possible Self

A wide selection of practical information for carers from VOCAL Edinburgh

Health and wellbeing tips for carers from Super Carers         

Marie Curie’s article on ‘Your own needs as a carer’   

‘Looking after your health and taking a break’ from Carers UK

Information for carers using NHS services

Organisations and services

Here is a list of national organisations related to carers:

Carers UK

Care for Carers

Coalition of Carers in Scotland

Crossroads Caring Scotland

MECOPP – Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project

Shared Care Scotland

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.

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