support, the concept of recovery is no longer foreign and is embraced, from policy down by growing numbers; but carers also needed a recovery path. "In our experience, carers put the person they are caring for first; their own health and wellbeing suffers and their own recovery suffers," says Frances Simpson, CEO
of Support in Mind Scotland. The report says part of the challenge in recovery for carers is strengthening a sense of self, separate from the person they care for. A change for the carer may even provide a positive recovery role model, but stigma can prevent access to such support. It refers to a new book, ‘Voicing Caregivers’ Experiences: Recovery and Wellbeing Narratives’, involving carers in Sussex and Scotland. The aims, set by the carers involved in the project, are to create a resource that not only aids caregivers in their
recovery, but also assists those in policy and service provision by showing how supporting carers makes moral & economic sense. "There is both a humanitarian and pragmatic case for supporting carers. Recovery is doomed to fail if you don’t include all parties," says Ruth Chandler, Carer Involvement Coordinator at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. "The time is now for recovery for caregivers; the floodgates are about to open."