Making Caring Visible
There is an estimated 6 million carers in the UK, many looking after a friend or loved one who has a physical or mental disability, or just someone who needs that additional support as they get older. 3 in 5 people will become a carer at some point in their lives and yet, for many, this role is one that goes without recognition or reward.
This year, Carers Week is more important than ever. Since the Covid-19 crisis started in February 2020, many carers are working extended hours without the regular support and respite they need.
From 8 June to 14 June we will be highlighting the work of our carers across our organisation and telling their stories on our website, via our Facebook and Twitter channels, and via our liveblog below.
Carers Week 2020 updates
"Why do I cry? I cry because my brother's behaviour can sometimes be challenging and upsetting. But I also cry because I can't make everything better for him."Read more Read more
Benefits for carers
We know that caring for someone can bring a huge financial pressures. Visit our Mental Health and Money Advice site to find out what help is available.Read more Read more
Our advice and information teams are working round the clock to help as many people as we can. Today we urgently need your help.
Four ways to make carers more visible
Learn more about being a carer
Many people in the UK take on a caring role when a family member becomes unwell or unable to support themselves. This role can often happen suddenly and without warning. The Rethink Mental Illness Advice and Information Service has a dedicated section for carers that includes factsheets on carer’s rights, respite care and how to respond to unusual behaviours.
Visit our carers hub Learn more about being a carer
Connect with other carers online
8 in 10 carers report feelings of isolation while caring for a loved one. Having regular social contact with other carers can help stop that loneliness and help you share your experiences and gain valuable insight from others. Clic, a peer support network from Mental Health UK, is a free website that offers advice and information, a chat room and even a discussion forum specially for carers
Visit Clic now Connect with other carers online
Campaign for the rights of carers
Since 1970, Rethink Mental Illness has been campaigning for increased visibility for the carers of people living with mental illness. From our work shaping the Mental Health Act, to campaigning for a fairer benefits system. We are committed to making sure the voices of carers are heard, no matter what the issue.
Learn more Campaign for the rights of carers
Share your story
Every year over two million people visit our website, thousands more read our publications, reports and our social media channels. If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness and would like to use your story to help us fight for fairness then we would like to hear from you.
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