11-17 June is Carers Week – an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
There are many ways we can support carers to stay healthy and connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
According to a recent survey by Carers UK, almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.
Unless more support is provided, national charities are warning that the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.
Carers were most likely to say that the impact of stress and anxiety on their own health was their main worry about the impact of caring on their own health and wellbeing.
What can you do to help?
CarersTrust has a nationwide network of Carers centres who provide a range of services from advice and support, advocacy, grants, support groups and activities. Find your local centre here
Carers UK provide expert telephone advice and support service if you want to talk about caring. If you’re looking for answers, their online information and support is the best place to start.