March Carer News Updates 2023 
Carer and mental health news updates


Carer Videos

  1. Carer's Allowance (BSL) - Carers UK
  2. Support young carers through the Richmond upon Thames Voluntary Fund
  3. The Caring View - The Social Care Chat Show - Young carers
  4. Young Carers Action Day 2023: Scottish Government’s message to young carers
  5. Northamptonshire Carers Podcast
  6. Swindon Carers Centre - Young Carers Action Day 2023
  7. Mobilise helps to strengthen carer support with Tower Hamlets Carers Centre
  8. Sky News - Carers struggle to find support for loved ones
  9. The Lowry - Heavyweight Champion - Young Carers Action Day
  10. Matthew McKenzie - Young carers action day 2023
  11. Catherine speaking on the Motion on Reform of Carer's Allowance.
  12. Carers Wales - 2023 Wales Carers Summit Plenary


Matthew McKenzie's Carer Podcasts Series

  1. Being patient as a carer
  2. You are not on your own
  3. Finding faith in yourself

Matthew McKenzie's new fictional carer stories section

  1. Carer Story 1 - Providing Care by Matthew McKenzie
  2. Carer Story 2 - Digging out of a hole
  3. Carer Story 3 - A Family Affair
  4. Carer Story 4 - Never thought it could be me
  5. Carer Story 5 - Angry

Matthew McKenzie's NEW online courses for carers 
Only £2 via paypal. - Hours of content each course. WOW!

  1. Carer Identity
  2. Carer Networking
  3. Your rights as a carer 
  4. Carer Activism
  5. Carer wellbeing
  6. Caring for someone with mental illness (in development)
  7. Online awareness for carers (coming soon)
  8. Challenges of ethnic carers (coming soon)
  9. Carers and stigma (coming soon)


Matthew McKenzie's Carer Poetry Project

Click on a link to hear me read my poems. So far 60 poems have been generated. The poems will eventually be collated for my poetry book in the new year.

1-The Ward Round
2-The Carers assessment
3-The complaint
4-Thank You
5-Brought together

Latest Carer & Mental Health news items

  1. “Important step” for Carer’s Leave Bill as it passes Second Reading in House of Lords
  2. New strategy to help unpaid carers at ‘breaking point’
  3. Carers and Hospital Discharge Toolkit for London Hospitals and Community Providers
  4. Continuing NHS Healthcare (CHC): information booklet for individuals, families and carers
  5. New group aims to unite and support carers across Milton Keynes
  6. Lanarkshire Carers receive award due to their support for working carers
  7. Surrey County Cricket Club and Carers Trust have join forces
  8. Carers Conference a first for community heroes
  9. Time made for Barnsley’s young carers
  10. Have your say to support the City’s unpaid carers
  11. Crossroads Care Manager to tackle obstacle race in support of carers
  12. A new series of poetry workshops to support carers in the community has been launched by Oxford Brookes University.
  13. Supporting Oxfordshire’s army of unpaid carers
  14. Lambeth: New young carers card design competition
  15. New All Age Carers Strategy set to improve support for unpaid carers
  16. Dudley young carers celebrated on Young Carers Action Day
  17. Research shows unpaid carers are unsure of poor nutrition warning signs
  18. Young carers urged to apply for new grant scheme where they could get up to £500
  19. Cost of living: Unpaid carers going without basics
  20. Covid-19: Unvaccinated family carers win court declaration mandate was unlawful
  21. Bromley Carers Strategy Survey 2023
  22. Adults urged to give Helensburgh's young carers a bit of a break
  23. Opinion: The Budget needs to address respite for unpaid carers
  24. Campaign launched to give young carers their childhood back
  25. Kingston University students share insight and tips for Young Carers Action Day
  26. Young Carers Action Day - 15 March 2023
  27. Devastating impact of cost-of-living crisis on young carers in Wales
  28. Honours handed out in first Young Carer awards ceremony
  29. CaSA – Charlton Lane’s new carers support group
  30. End of life survey for carers
  31. Unpaid carers hit by ‘spiralling’ cost of living
  32. Introducing our Carers’ Clinical Liaison Service
  33. Report shows decline in support for unpaid carers in England and Wales
  34. Who cares about the carers?
  35. Rona Dougall: Dementia strategy must ensure carers are cared for
  36. Carers of adults with learning disabilities slams Cheshire East over “shameful” funding
  37. Young Carers Action Day marked in the Bradford district
  38. Worrying survey shows one in seven Brits satisfied with UK social care
  39. How Essential Breaks Bring Young Carers Together
Latest blogs from A Caring Mind

National Organisation updates

  1. Carers Trust marks 50 years of caring for carers at special Old Bailey reception
  2. Carers UK - Help and advice
  3. Book a coronavirus vaccination if you are a carer
  4. Carers UK - Join as a member
  5. How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
  6. Being a young carer is not a choice; it's just what we do
  7. Benefit and pension rates 2023 to 2024
  8. Help with energy costs - Carers UK
  9. Where to get urgent help for mental health - NHS England
  10. Carers Active April - Carers UK
  11. Find your local Healthwatch - Healthwatch England
  12. Join Carers UK as a member
  13. Give feedback on care - CQC
  14. Healthwatch - Celebrating ten years of people speaking up to make care better
  15. CQC - Enough talking — time to act for autistic people and people with a learning disability
  16. Zero Suicide Alliance training
  17. NHS England - Find a pharmacy
  18. Get medical help - 111
  19. NICE - medical technologies advisory committee
  20. The Carer Poverty Coalition, formed in February 2023
  21. CarersUK Carers online Forum
  22. Social Prescribing Information Sheet for Local Carer Organisations
  23. Employers for carers
  24. Suicide Awareness Training
  25. Find your local Healthwatch
  26. Carers UK Active Facebook group
  27. Carers Trust Facebook page
  28. POhWER
  29. SANE offers non-judgemental and compassionate emotional support.
  30. NHS talking therapies
  31. Find an occupational therapist - Royal college of occupational therapists
  32. Carers information hub - Rethink Mental Illness
  33. COVID-19 vaccine: what you need to know - Healthwatch England

Author Circle and Carer Books to read
Carer authors should try help each other.  So I have listed some who are committed to the ideals of the caring.

  1. A writing prize – just for writers who are also carers
  2. The Selfish Pig's Guide To Caring by Hugh Marriott
  3. The Carer's Handbook: Essential Information And Support For All Those In A Caring Role by Jane Matthews
  4. He Died Waiting: Learning the Lessons - by Caroline Aldridge
  5. Mental Health Recognition Project - Jo Lambert Poems
  6. Self-Care for Caregivers: A Twelve Step Approach Book by Diane Larsen, Marvin Larsen, and Pat Samples
  7. A Carer's Odyssey: Life as Mother, Wife, Carer by Anna Chan
  8. A Caring Mind - By Matthew McKenzie
  9. The Long and Winding Road by Rob Frowen
  10. The Special Parent's Handbook by Yvonne Newbold MBE
  11. Releasing the Compassion by Annie Dransfield
  12. Emo the Emotional Elf by Faye Farmer
  13. The Carer's Bible by Amanda Waring
  14. The Carer by Deborah Moggach
  15. What I Wish People Knew About Dementia by Wendy Mitchell
  16. Are You Ok In There? by Jane Lawrence
  17. Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring by Penny Wincer

Carer Events and other interests

  1. Carer forums and group dates


  1. Cost of Living Payment - GOV
  2. Martin Lewis reveals how to get a reduction on your council tax if you have severe mental health issues
  3. Homeless link
  4. Beat Eating Disorders - Resource Packs for Parents and Carers
  5. Carers Lewisham Facebook page (Please like!)
  6. Find information and support for your mental health.
  7. London Renters Union
  8. Carers UK information and support
  9. Council Tax / Rate Relief
  10. Crisis Text Line
  11. Care Quality Commission Ordering System
  12. Understanding advocacy – for young people
  13. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommendation for unpaid carers
  14. Carers: help and support - Citizens Advice
  15. Online Community resource for Young Adult Carers
  16. Scholarship and bursary support for Carers
  17. Looking after someone - information and support for carers
  18. Digital skills for carers - Mobilise
  19. A step by step guide to the mental health pathway
  20. Free debt advice: what if I need help with my debts?
  21. People who do not qualify for Carer's Allowance can still boost State Pension payments in retirement
  22. Online mental health support - Qwell
  23. The Advocacy Project
  24. Carers services near you - Carers Trust
  25. Self-Care Forum
  26. Look ahead – Care, Support + housing
  27. Council of evidence-based psychiatry
  28. Samaritans
  29. Law centre Network
  30. Care quality commission
  31. Cruse Bereavement Care
  32. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  33. Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia  (Free course)
Diversity BAME Mental health news updates
  1. How to get help as a young carer
  2. Mental Health foundation - Racism and mental health
  3. Your Voice Matters: Patient Carers Race Equality Framework
  4. Mental Health of Asian American Caregivers of Family Members With Severe Mental Illness
  5. Mental health initiative targets black students’ well-being
  6. Intersections of Mental Health and South Asian Communities
  7. We need a new approach to Black mental health
  8. The Power of CommUNITY: The South Asian Experience
  9. Black Maternal Mental Health Week - Toyin Adeyinka
  10. Closing gaps in patient data for Black and South Asian communities
  11. Mental health and race in the workplace
  12. Mental Health Stigma Persists and Devastates the Black Community.
  13. Black mums taking charge of mental health
  14. New play explores mental challenges of growing up Black
  15. Addressing Bias: How Meri Yaadain Is Supporting South Asian Carers
  16. Here’s Why Bipolar Disorder Shows Up Differently In Black Women
  17. Report examines the crisis challenges facing Black mental health workforce 
AHPs news updates
  1. Allied Health Professions Strategy for England Easy Read Version
  2. Collection: ECR 2023
  3. RCSLT news February 2023: prescribing campaign, anti-racism report, and updates from around the UK
  4. Orthotist of the Year
  5. CSP responds to new workforce report that reveals ‘ongoing discrimination’ in NHS England
  6. LGBT+ History Month, the GOsC and me
  7. BIOS #PrescribingNow
  8. Your February issue of OTnews
  9. BDA Independent Prescribing
  10. The importance of registrants looking after their own mental health
  11. Music Therapy Conversations - Denise Wong
  12. What is Dramatherapy?
  13. Working with looked after and adopted children: complex trauma and art therapy
  14. Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Mental health and NHS Mental Health news

  1. Cost of cancer is damaging mental health
  2. New mental health hub is taking shape
  3. 7 Free Ways to Boost Your Mood if You Have Depression
  4. NHS England’s StopSIM ‘betrayal’ is ‘ticking time bomb’ on co-production
  5. NHS mental health services: what’s changed?
  6. GMMH delivers virtual reality therapy for service users with severe social anxiety and avoidance
  7. Income inequality and poor mental health: should we be focusing more on young people’s own perceptions?
  8. How the benefits system impedes people with mental health problems looking for work
  9. Artists bring hope and healing to mental health facilities in London
  10. Is cognitive behavioural therapy the best we’ve got for depression?
  11. Depression in Alzheimer's has different risk factors to depression in those without dementia
  12. Community interventions for anxiety and depression: the benefits of sports, music, gardening, art and culture
  13. KCL - Women with mental illness significantly less likely to seek help from a doctor when planning pregnancy
  14. Homelessness and trauma: a vicious cycle
  15. World Bipolar Day: Making financial and healthcare services work for people with bipolar
  16. ‘I have no choice’: Staff at four mental health hospitals vote to strike
  17. Mind responds to StopSIM campaign updates
  18. Professor Claire Henderson delivers IoPPN Inaugural Lecture 'Listen, share, negotiate – Approaches to empower and destigmatise'.
  19. Mental Health Awareness Week 2023: Dates, theme and how to get involved
  20. East Yorkshire military suicide prevention group praised by PM
  21. Appointment of Interim Executive Director of Clinical Transformation at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  22. £28 billion lost last year due to workplace stress 

Triangle of care / carers info - Site info from trusts subject to change.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford District NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Cygnet Health Care Limited
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Trust
Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

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