Talking it over

Caring can take over much of your life, which may leave you feeling lonely, tired and isolated.

You might not be able to leave the house as often as you would like, and you may not have enough time for social activities, which means you may feel cut off from others.  Many carers also struggle to maintain contact with friends and family leaving you feeling lonely and with no one to talk to. 

Keeping in touch 

  • Try to take time out to phone or email friends and family, even if it's just a quick five-minute call.
  • If you don't manage to see your friends and family try using video chat instead. It will make you feel a little closer to family and friends. There are many free programmes like Skype, which you can use on a computer or laptop and even your smart phone. 
  • Join an online carers’ community.  You can meet other carers on the internet to chat about your experiences, share feelings, and help support each other.



Talking to someone else 

Sometimes you will want to speak to someone else. Maybe you are just looking for another opinion or you feel you don't want to bother your family and friends because they have other worries and pressures in their life. 

Richmond Carers Centre offers counselling in a friendly, confidential environment with a qualified or trainee counsellor.

Richmond Carers Centre
Phone: 020 8867 2380

Finding a therapist

Alternatively, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you find the right therapist to talk to: 


The Richmond Carers Hub service provides a range of emotional support and activities for carers.


Richmond Carers Hub Service
Address: 5 Briar Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RB
Phone: 020 8867 2380

Richmond Borough Mind can help emotional support for anyone caring for someone with mental health problems.

Carers in Mind Project
Address: The Maddison Centre 140 Church Road Teddington Middlesex TW11 8QL
Phone: 020 8940 7384