Mental health statistics: carers

Carers provide invaluable support and help to their family, friends and loved ones, whether this is for physical or mental health problems. The mental health needs of carers is often neglected, despite many carers having poor mental health.

  • Looking after a family member with a mental health problem can have a significant impact on carers' own mental health. Mental health problems of carers include emotional stress, depressive symptoms and, in some cases, clinical depression.1
  • 71% of carers have poor physical or mental health.2
  • Carers UK’s annual survey (2015) with over 5,000 carers across the UK revealed that 84% of carers feel more stressed, 78% feel more anxious and 55% reported that they suffered from depression as a result of their caring role, which was higher than findings in 2014.3
  • 38% of young carers report having a mental health problem, yet only half report receiving additional support from a member of staff at school.4

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References

  1. Shah, A.J., Wadoo, O., & Latoo, J. (2010). Review Article: Psychological Distress in Carers of People with Mental Disorders. British Journal of Medical Practitioners, 3(3), 327.
  2. HM Government. (2008). Carers at the heart of the 21stcentury families and communities. London: Department of Health. Retrieved from gov.uk/government/publications/ the-national-carers-strategy [Accessed 23/08/16].
  3. Carers UK. (2015). State of Caring 2015. London: Carers UK. Retrieved from carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/state-of-caring-2015 [Accessed 12/03/18].
  4. Sempik, J., & Becker, S. (2013). Young Adult Carers at School Experiences and Perceptions of Caring and Education. Carers Trust. Retrieved from professionals. carers.org/sites/default/files/media/young_adult_carers_at_school_-_summary.pdf [Accessed 04/07/16].