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A carer is an individual who takes on the responsibility of providing unpaid support for a family member or friend who is unwell and could not cope without their help.
According to the charity Carers UK, over six million people in the UK are currently caring for someone. This could include a relative who is suffering from a terminal illness, or a close friend who is struggling with a mental health problem or substance abuse.
Every single day, an estimated 6,000 individuals begin the difficult journey of caring, equating to more than two million individuals taking on the responsibility each year. Becoming a carer is rarely a personal choice, and usually happens out of concern that if they were not to take on the duty of caring for their loved one, who else would?
UK carers save our economy an estimated £119 billion every year. They come from all age groups – from teenagers to pensioners, all cultures and all professions, all making sacrifices to look after their loved ones to the best of their ability.Text.
Each case of caring is different, and no two people will be affected in the same way. It can of course be a gratifying and rewarding experience, strengthening your relationship with the person for whom you are caring, and helping you to build a specialist skill set you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.
On the other hand, carers without the right information and a strong support network can find their lives devastated because of their caring role. Numerous studies have suggested that caring can result in poor health, social isolation, poverty and mental health problems. Unfortunately, caring for someone else on such an intensive level means that carers can forget or don’t have the time and resources to care for themselves.
Mental health problems.
According to figures compiled by Carers UK, 625,000 carers are affected by either a mental health concern or physical ill health as a result of caring.
The extra responsibilities that individuals take on when they become a carer can contribute to a significant rise in stress levels, the symptoms of which can be both physical and emotional. Though the symptoms will vary from person to person, they can include headaches, twitching, chest pain, dizzy spells, cramp, lethargy, difficultly concentrating, anxiety, anger, sleep problems and changes to weight.
In addition, if these symptoms are left untreated they may worsen and could eventually develop into depression. If you are concerned that your mental or physical health is deteriorating or that you might be suffering from depression we strongly advise that you seek help. Visit your GP who will be able to advise you further or contact us for an assessment.
Professional counselling has been found to be hugely beneficial in providing support to carers offering a confidential outlet for your their feelings, providing a good place to learn new coping strategies and time put yourself FIRST.
For more information about our carers counselling service and help available please give us a call.