We’re proud to be one of the official charity supporters of Carers Week again this year. The theme of the week is Make Caring Visible and Valued. We want to ensure that people caring for loved ones are recognised and have the right access to appropriate support and information to help them, as well as looking after themselves and their own mental health.
We recently surveyed 304 current carers, which revealed the struggles that come with caring responsibilities. Two-thirds (66%) feel that this has got worse in the pandemic.
We asked them what the main challenges were that they experienced as a result of caring for someone with a mental illness or mental ill-health. The overwhelming concern that people mentioned was the impact of their own mental health (77%), followed by a lack of support from organisations (58%) and feeling isolated (53%). Just over a third (35%) also cited their financial situation.
That’s why in Carers Week, we’re highlighting the support we offer. This includes:
- Our online carers hub with over a dozen factsheet for dedicated to caring
- Over 100 carers and sibling support groups which offer a listening ear, friendship, and social support
- Four dedicated carers services and carers offers within community provision across the charity
- Speak to our Advice and Information team who can help you with a range of practical and financial issues, freephone 0808 801 0525
Getting help for yourself
Respite care - Breaks for carers
Respite is a way for you to have a break from caring. Respite can mean that someone comes to your home to help you care for your relative. Your relative could also get a holiday or stay in a care home.
Find out more Respite care - Breaks for carers
Responding to unusual behaviour
If you have a friend or family member with a mental illness, some of their behaviour might worry you. Unusual behaviour in a relative is often the hardest part of mental illness for people to understand, accept and cope with.
Find out more Responding to unusual behaviour
Suicidal thoughts: how to help
If you are worried that someone may be thinking about suicide, talk to them. Ask them about how they are feeling. Talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts does not make them more likely to end their life.
Find out more Suicidal thoughts: how to help
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