As a carer you might find it difficult to make time for yourself, but remember that your health is important too. If you are happy and well, you are better able to help and support others.

Tell your GP that you are a carer so they can offer you advice and support. Your GP practice has a Carer’s Lead who can help you by providing information and advice. As a carer you are also entitled to a free yearly flu vaccination, ask your GP for more information.

Live Well Dorset offer a free service if you would like support to change your lifestyle and improve your wellbeing. They have information to help stop smoking, increase physical activity, manage weight and reduce alcohol intake. Call them on 0800 840 1628.

My Health My Way is a support service that can help you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to improve your own health and wellbeing. This is a free, local service provided by the NHS. Telephone 0303 303 0153.

If you feel you could benefit from some counselling, The Leonardo Trust offer unpaid carers in Dorset a counselling service if you meet certain criteria.