Caring for someone can sometimes be completely overwhelming.  The high demands on you and your time can result in stress and anxiety, which can, in turn, affect your ability to cope with everyday tasks and your confidence and self-esteem can be worn down.  Giving all your time and attention to someone else can also leave you feeling socially isolated with no time to consider what your own needs are, let alone how to meet them.

When this continues over a period of time, it can have a negative affect on your mental health and if you already have mental health problems, being a carer could affect your ability to stay well.

Carers Counselling - Top 6 presenting issues 01/10/15 to 30/09/16

Anxiety 64%
Stress 63%
Low Mood 52%
Depression 51%
Frustration 50%
Exhaustion 42%

Carers Counselling - Top 6 underlying issues 01/10/15 to 30/09/16

Carer Responsibilities 60%
Family Issues 41%
Bereavement 32%
Relationship Issues 31%
Health Issues 29%
Childhood Issues 18%

North East Counselling Services (NECS) was founded by carers, so we understand the complex and challenging issues that many carers and their families face on a day to day basis.

If you need help please call us on (0191) 466 1314.

We provide FREE counselling to carers, cared for and their families in Gateshead.

Counselling is provided in North East Counselling Services (NECS) counselling rooms in central Gateshead or from a variety of outreach venues including Gateshead Carers. Counselling needs to take place in a neutral, confidential setting, therefore, we are unable to offer home visits.