Unpaid carers save the country £193 billion every year. Let that sink in for a minute. It’s almost the cost of a second NHS.
While it is important to recognise the impact of unpaid carers in financial terms, what really matters are the people behind the number. The stories of love. Of compassion. Of care.
Our mission is for a better quality of life for people severely affected by mental illness and their carers. This year, for Carers Week, we want to help amplify the experiences and stories of carers.
The amazing work carers do often goes unseen. Between 6-12 June, we aim to change that.
Blogs, tips, stats and quotes will be coming through thick and fast throughout the week. From carers, for carers.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to keep up to date!
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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