5 ways to make carers visible
There is an estimated 6 million carers in the UK, many looking after a friend or loved one who has a physical or mental disability, or just someone who needs that additional support as they get older.
This year, Carers Week is more important than ever. Since the Covid-19 crisis started in February 2020, many carers are working extended hours without the regular support and respite they need.
3 in 5 people will become a carer at some point in their lives and yet, for many, this role is one that goes without recognition or reward.
If you are a carer or know someone who is, here are five simple ways you can help to make carers more visible.
Learn about being a carer
Many people in the UK take on a caring role when a family member becomes unwell or unable to support themselves. This role can often happen suddenly and without warning. The Rethink Mental Illness Advice and Information Service has a dedicated section for carers that includes factsheets on carer’s rights, respite care and how to respond to unusual behaviours.Visit our carers hub Visit our carers hub
Connect with other carers
8 in 10 carers report feelings of isolation while caring for a loved one. Having regular social contact with other carers can help stop that loneliness and help you share your experiences and gain valuable insight from others. Clic, a peer support network from Mental Health UK, is a free website that offers advice and information, a chat room and even a discussion forum specially for carersVisit Clic Visit Clic
Campaign for carers rights
ince 1970, Rethink Mental Illness has been campaigning for increased visibility for the carers of people living with mental illness. From our work shaping the Mental Health Act, to campaigning for a fairer benefits system. We are committed to making sure the voices of carers are heard, no matter what the issue.Become a campaigner Become a campaigner
Share your story
Every year over two million people visit our website, thousands more read our publications, reports and our social media channels. If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness and would like to use your story to help us fight for fairness then we would like to hear from you.Find out how Find out how
Get Involved in Carers Week
Carer week raises the profile of caring within communities, at places of work and in the media. Together we can make caring Visible. Visit the Carers Week website to see how you can get involved.Visit the website Visit the website