Gloucestershire County Council is leading a project to research the needs of the large numbers of BME ‘hidden carers’.
12/04/2015 02:00 PM
SUPPORT NEEDED: Carers see their role as part of their duty and often do not know that help is available for them
THROUGHOUT THE UK there are a lot of people who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support, and provide assistance to them in diverse ways.
Conventional wisdom suggests that most ethnic minority people will care for their loved ones, children and relatives. The reality however is that this unpaid duty can leave carers physically, mentally and emotionally drained to the extent that, the longer they carry out this role without support, the more likely they are in danger of their becoming unwell themselves and isolated.
The carers of those with mental ill health often feel that stigma – real or imagined.
Posted: April 08, 2015|
Unfortunately, despite the promise of a substantial increase in the funding for mental health over the next five years, the funding of mental health services in Cambridgeshire has been one of the lowest in the country for decades.