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Carers Week 2017
Added: 12th Jun 2017

Carers Week takes place from Monday June 12 to Sunday June 18 2017, and is a UK-wide initiative to recognise the contribution carers make.

It is estimated that 1.5 million people care for a relative or friend with a mental health problem in the UK, providing emotional, domestic and personal care.

Research shows that carers can feel more anxious, depressed and stressed as a result of their caring role, meaning their own physical and mental health is often affected.

SANE campaigns to champion the rights of carers, and ensure they are given the support and guidance they need. Carers Week is, therefore, an important time to recognise the valuable contribution they make.

Facts about carers

  • Mental health carers make up roughly one in four carers in the UK.
  • Between 50,000 to 200,000 children and young people care for a relative with a mental health problem.
  • Three in four carers don’t feel their caring role is understood in the community.
  • Respondents to a government report titled ‘Recognised, valued and supported: Next steps for the Carers Strategystated they “often neglect their own health and need advice to maintain their well­being”.
  • Research by SANE in 2014 found that nearly two-thirds of carers of people with schizophrenia did not get any information specific to their caring needs.

How you can get involved in Carers Week

  • Use the hashtag #carersweek to share what you are doing during the week on social media.
  • Tweet @CharitySANE with your experiences of caring for a loved one.
  • Like our Facebook page to join the conversation during the week.
  • Specifically for carers with schizophrenia, read the research and support guides produced by SANE.
  • Make a donation to SANE so we can continue the work we do helping all people affected by mental health problems.

Support available for carers from SANE

  • Helpline: Available on 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm to 10.30pm every evening.
  • Textcare: Allows you to arrange for messages of support at times that are right for you.
  • Support Forum: Available 24 hours a day to share your experiences with other members and give and receive mutual support.
  • Blogs: Share experiences, thoughts and opinions; invite others to comment.
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