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dc.contributor.authorCleary, Anne
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Francis
dc.contributor.authorDowling, Maura
dc.identifier.citationCleary, Anne, Walsh, Francis, & Dowling, Maura. (2014). Family carers: lived experience of caring for relatives with an SMI. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 3(4), 151-156. doi: 10.12968/bjmh.2014.3.4.151en_IE
dc.description.abstractThis study explored family carers’ lived experience of caring for a relative with an ongoing mental illness. An interpretative phenomenological approach was adopted. Participants (n = 8) were self-selecting and members of SHINE, an Irish voluntary organisation supporting people with mental illness and their families. Three super-ordinate themes were interpreted from the interview data. The first theme, ‘nobody told me this was the way it is’ represents participants’ experiences of not understanding what was happening to their relative and what they should do when their relative was first diagnosed. The second theme, ‘feeling excluded’, represents the participants’ sense of exclusion. For some, the reason for this exclusion was because of the confidentiality embedded in the Mental Health Act. The final theme, ‘you don't feel judged’ represents the importance of the support group to participants, especially at the beginning when their relative was first diagnosed. The study findings illustrate the importance of education for relatives, and the role support groups play in support and education.en_IE
dc.publisherMark Allen Healthcareen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Mental Health Nursingen
dc.subjectSerious mental illnessen_IE
dc.subjectFamily carersen_IE
dc.titleFamily carers: lived experience of caring for relatives with an SMIen_IE
dc.local.contactMaura Dowling, School Of Nursing And Midwifery, Room 415 Aras Moyola, Newcastle Road, Galway. 3833 Email:

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