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Access useful resources and find out more about our project Who CARES and how you can take part

Mental Health Matters

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

Access HERE the British Journal of Psychiatry's resources for more information  

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Between December 2021 and February 2022, we will be running a Mental Health Awareness course especially designed for care workers and delivered by a psychologist. Places are limited. Please email us to express your interest

Facts & figures

1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers

  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.

  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.

  • 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.

  • Over 1 million people care for more than one person

  • As of 2020, Carers UK estimates there are around 13.6 million people caring through the pandemic.

Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer

  • 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work - that's 1 in 7 of the workforce.

  • However, the significant demands of caring mean that 600 people give up work every day to care for an older or disabled relative.

  • Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit and is £67.25 for a minimum of 35 hours, the lowest benefit of its kind.

People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled

  • 72% of carers responding to Carers UK's State of Caring 2018 Survey said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring.

  • 61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.

  • 8 in 10 people caring for loved ones say they have felt lonely or socially isolated.

Source: Carers. org

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