Carers provide a large amount of vital unpaid care but at huge personal cost in terms of high levels of distress, a significant practical, financial and emotional burden, and increased use of healthcare services.
The UK government recognises the need to support relatives in a caring role and NICE recommends that this is done by providing them with structured information and support. However, evidence shows very poor levels of implementation of interventions to support relatives.
A recent review of the quality of mental health services has identified improving support for relatives as a national priority. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of an online peer-supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with psychosis or Bipolar Disorder: Relatives’ Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT). REACT is an online self-management intervention for the family and friends of people with psychosis or Bipolar Disorder, supported by Expert Relatives. The Resource Directory provides information on how to access all currently available online support.
More information on the REACT toolkit can be found at www.reacttoolkit.co.uk.