A NEW base dedicated to helping carers supporting people with a mental health illness has officially opened in South Tyneside.
The info hub, located in the Bede Unit within the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, aims to provide a place where issues about mental health care can be raised and discussed in confidence.
The room will also cater for coffee mornings, staff training, as well as providing information for carers and family members to access.
It has been set up as a joint venture between Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Bede Unit, and Mental Health Concern Carer Support South Tyneside.
Beth Jones, Bede Unit manager, said: “We are delighted to offer this facility, which will provide much needed support to those who care for service users with a range of mental illnesses.
“Bede Unit has developed a strong relationship with Mental Health Concern Carer Support South Tyneside, and has at last managed to offer a dedicated room at the unit, which will benefit carers, patients and staff alike.”
The hub will be open five days a week, including evenings, with the opportunity for one-to-one meetings with someone from the mental health service.
It will be run by Mental Health Concern Carer Support South Tyneside.
Jayne Guppy, manager of the organisation, which officially opened the room yesterday, said: “This is a much-needed additional service to provide the best possible support to carers who are often isolated due to their caring role.
“This is an excellent example of joint working, and we are delighted to continue working closely in partnership with the staff at the Bede Unit and the trust.”
The Bede Unit provides services to people who have mental health issues.
Mental Health Concern Carer Support Service can be contacted at the Bede Unit on 454 8446 ext 1027, or at its base at 8 Derby Terrace, South Shields, on 493 6917 or e-mail email@example.com