Feeling desperate? We know that being a carer can be often physically exhausting as well as emotionally draining and the current Covid-19 crisis is likely to only be exacerbating those challenges. The person you're caring for may be a close friend or precious loved one but that doesn't always mean caring for them is easy. Carers are often slow to recognise their caring role and often play it down by saying things such as, "I'm not really a carer, I'm just looking after my mum". Perhaps this current situation makes you realise just how much you're needed. Whether or not the cared for person is your friend, your child, your partner, your sibling, your parent or any other relative - if they have a condition or are unwell and couldn't cope without you, you are still a carer. If you're feeling stuck or low about any practical or emotional aspect of being carer, especially at this extraordinary time, please ring our friendly team on 0161 442 0442 and we will try to help you find ways forward. You can also email us on [email protected] or CONTACT US. We may be a little slower to respond to calls, so thank you for your patience, but if you leave us a message we will ring people back - we are here to support you. We believe that carers are everyday heroes and no carer should ever feel alone. We're in awe of all that you do and want to help you in any way we can. If you have a caring emergency, Adult Social Care should be your first port of call. Contact details, including emergency out-of-office hours can be found here. You can find links to other organisations that may be able to help you by clicking here. If you're really struggling with your feelings and responses the Samaritans run a free 24/7 listening service offering a safe space for you to talk through anything you're finding hard. If you feel like you've hit rock bottom and don't know where to turn, please don't suffer in silence - give them a call on 116 123. You can also visit their website here.