News What is a carer? In recent articles we have looked at what various terms mean from wellbeing, advocacy, cognitive behavior therapy and more.In this article we are going to take a look at what a ‘carer’ actually is and look at some of the challenges they face. What is a carer? A carer is an individual that is responsible for providing or arranging the care for someone else who cannot care for themselves. A carer is not paid for their role and it is different from a paid professional like a care worker of home help. What type of support do carers provide? Carers can provide a range of support including: Emotional support Cooking and cleaning Budgeting and looking after finances Helping someone cope with a mental health problem Giving medicine or providing medical care Who can be a carer? Anyone can become a carer. You may care for someone who has a long-term health condition or someone that who needs support following a sudden illness or accident. This could be a family member, your partner, a friend or even a neighbour.If you or someone you care about would like some support visit the City and Hackney Mind Resources and Help page.