LIFELINE FOR CARERS
If you are caring for someone with a mental health disorder, there is help and support from those in a similar situation
Having experience of caring for someone with mental health issues, Jenni Orsini of Essere Bella, recently founded SNAPPD – an organisation that supports carers offering them the opportunity to learn coping strategies and share experiences.
The Support Network for Adults (and Carers) caring for Adults and Children with Personality Disorders (SNAPPD) meets every month and is proving to be a lifeline for those caring for children, young adults and adults with conditions such as ADHD, Aspergers and Borderline Personality Disorder.
“Because of the unpredictable nature of these conditions, carers are often in a state of constant turmoil and anxiety,” explains Jenni.
“These are complex issues and often carers have no-one to turn to for advice and support. There is a stigma attached to mental health and there is very little professional help available.”
As someone who has found herself as a carer trying to cope with difficult situations, Jenni found herself alone and anxious and, as a result, she set up SNAPPD: “I know the power that a support group can bring. Talking to other people in the same situation, who totally understand, is such a relief! It makes you realise you are not on your own.”
SNAPPD is a confidential support network that meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9pm at: Haslingden Community Link Centre, Bury Road BB4 5PG
Jenni can be contacted on: 01706 214506 or 07957 827280
The next meeting is Tuesday 3rd December