Caring for someone living with a mental illness can be a rewarding role, but also a tough one. Many people don’t even realise they are carers, as they just see it as part of their role supporting a loved one. But this Carers Week, we want to celebrate everything they do. And to remind them we are here to support and fight for them too.

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

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