NATIONAL charity Rethink Mental Illness has launched a support group for carers of people with mental health problems in Salisbury.

The group provides support and information on how to care for loved-ones with mental illnesses, such as depression, personality disorder or schizophrenia.

The charity successfully runs hundreds of similar groups throughout England. The groups are peer support groups, run by people with a mental illness or their families and friends.

Nigel Campbell from Rethink Mental Illness said: “One in four people in Salisbury will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives. When they do, many will be looked after by a family member. Being a carer can be a stressful and an isolating experience.

“Due to the stigma which still surrounds mental illness, many carers find it hard to speak openly about the struggles they face.

The group will provide a sympathetic, non-judgmental listening space, where carers can share their thoughts and feelings. A lot of people find it really valuable to speak with others who have been through similar experiences to them, and it’s also chance to socialise.”

The group will meet every second Thursday of the month at 7pm at 15 New Street, Salisbury.

For more information call 07818 482228.