Category Archives: mental health

No Christmas Holidays for Family Carers

The Carers Association urges families and friends not to forget family carers this Christmas

The Carers Association is appealing to people across the country not to forget Ireland’s 187,000 family carers this Christmas. With Ireland facing an aging population in a time of mass emigration and 6,500 children providing care to family members, family carers have never needed support more.

Family carers provide unpaid care to society’s older people, those terminally ill and children and adults with disabilities – yet they have no legal entitlement to holidays, breaks or a day off from this demanding role, even at Christmas.

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Mental Health Watch: What’s changed a year since our campaign launched?

 Are people with mental health problems in the region getting better treatment than they were this time last year?

That was our hope more than 12 months ago when this newspaper launched a campaign to improve the under-performing mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A crucial aim was to end the stigma of people suffering from mental health problems and raise awareness of the issues.

Our Mental Health Watch campaign has highlighted the struggles of the region’s mental health service, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), as well as its progress and successfully campaigned to save a mental health helpline from closure.

But how have things progressed in the past year?

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‘Relaxing’ group offers carers ‘escapism from isolation’

Art as therapy and relaxation

By Grimsby Telegraph

Brushing up: Pictured during the art class at the Carers’ Support Centre, in Town Hall Square, Grimsby, are, from left, Rachael Williamson, art group facilitator, Mary Hoyles, carer, Hannah Salah, support development worker, and Christine Anderson, carer. Picture: Rick Byrne

PEOPLE who care for loved ones with long-term illnesses have turned to art as a way of escaping their day-to-day pressures.

Providing round-the-clock care for a relative suffering with conditions like Alzheimer’s can often lead to the carer becoming isolated and ignoring their own needs.

In a bid to tackle carer loneliness and stresses, a “relaxing” art group based in Grimsby encourages the sometimes under-pressure carers to forget their worries and immerse themselves in art.
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