The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) announced early May 2013 that of the seven million unpaid carers in the UK about 40% are at risk of suffering from stress and/or depression as a result of the demands of their caring role. Indeed this may be an under
Last year a survey for Carers Week of 3,400 carers found that 83% of carers stated that their caring role had a negative impact on their physical health: 87% said it had a negative impact on their mental health and 39% said they had put off their own medical treatment because of their caring role.
Often when wews like this is announced the focus falls on those that care for older people or those with physical disabilities but it is equally relevant to those that support people with mental health issues. Indeed a survey by the The Princess Royal Trust for carers in 2007 found they make up 25% of carers.