Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I am raising awareness for Carers Week 2019. I am what you know as a mental health carer, an unpaid carer providing support to someone with Mental Health needs. I am not afraid to say this, mental illness is very common and can be quite easy to hide.
However lets not focus on mental health for now, this blog is about carers week 2019. I thought it worth to use my time to promote the cause of Carers Week 2019.
If you want to watch my video blog, please click the video below to play it.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
Carers week runs from June 10 – 16th. Carers week 2019 has the theme of “Getting Carers Connected in their communities”….and boy don’t carers need it.
Here are some facts about carers
- A carer is someone looking after someone close suffering physical or mental health, or even both.
- There are around seven million carers in the UK
- Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer
- There are many types of carers, Young carers, Mental Health carers, Older carers, remote carers and more.
- 68% of young carers are bullied in schools (taken from Carers Trust website)
- Caring can unfortunately reduce carers ability to socialise and network, carer stigma can make that worse, especially if caring for someone with complex needs.
- Connecting carers to communities can educate communities about carers, about the isolation and stigma carers can face. A caring community is in everyone’s benefit.
How can you support Carers week 2019?
- If you are a carer or not, try ask what your MP is doing to support Carers in your area?
- You could try speak at an event, or attend an event about carers.
- If you want to keep it on the down low, try educate yourself about carers week, check out the carers week website Carers Week 2019
- You could also Make a pledge on the Carers Week website.
Anyway I hope to do more video blogs soon, lots to do and say, and lots to say and do. Promotion of carers, mental health, psychology and psychiatry and the NHS can be so important.