For many people, looking after a loved one who is ill, older or disabled doesn’t have a name, it is ‘just something you do’. However, not recognising that this is a caring role can be a real barrier to accessing vital support, with serious personal and financial implications.
Alongside the physical strain of caring, the pressure, expectation and isolation caring can bring makes carers particularly vulnerable to poor mental health: Missing Out: Research briefing on the State of Caring 2019 survey – Carers UK
Comments from carers
- “I had to drop out of university, miss a year of school and vital education and qualifications and suffered from enduring mental health problems, including depression and an eating disorder”
- “Mental health suffered from not having a break”
- “Anxiety wise, I didn’t realise I was suffering mentally until I was in the caring role for around 6 months.”