Carers UK has today highlighted the importance of wellbeing in people who support the physical and mental health needs of others in a new report, published as part of Carers Week.
Carers Week runs from 11-16 June 2018, and aims to raise awareness of the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Discussing the results of a recent survey, Carers UK says that the physical and mental strain of caring is jeopardising the ability of unpaid carers to care in the future, as more than half of UK carers expect their physical and mental health and wellbeing to get worse in the next two years.
It is estimated that there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK who support a member of family or friend with a disability, physical illness or mental health problem. However, a spokesperson from Carers UK says that “without the right support, carers often put their own health needs to the ‘back of the queue’. As a result, many see their physical and mental health worsen.”
There are 6.5 million carers in the UK looking after a family member or friend with disabilities, illnesses, mental health problems or extra needs as they grow older.
Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK on behalf of Carers Week says, “Whilst caring can be hugely rewarding, it can also have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans. Unpaid carers are often unprepared for the impact caring can have and frequently put their own health and wellbeing needs to the ‘back of the queue’.
This year, we’re asking individuals and communities up and down the UK to help unpaid carers stay ‘Healthy and Connected’. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference by helping make it easier for people to recognise their role as a carer and get support from the communities and services around them.”
Recognising the need to support carers, FHT member and 2017 FHT Highly Commended Complementary Therapist of the Year, Anne-Marie Rose was recently quoted in an article by The Carers’ Centre (Bath and North East Somerset) charity. In the article Anne-Marie says, “I am keen to support carers in recognition for all their hard work and dedication to their caring role. I offer low cost reflexology sessions to allow carers an opportunity to take some time out from their caring duties, to focus on themselves and be nurtured in a calm and peaceful environment.”
If you are supporting carers this week, we would love to hear from you. Please send in a short post-event write-up and pictures to the FHT, so that we can potentially give you a mention in International Therapist and/or on our blog. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, writing Carers Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the magazine.