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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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Carers Trust Cambridgeshire share story of Isleham carer Emma ahead of Carers Rights Day

‘It feels like I’m winning’

 Carers Trust Cambridgeshire  is using the story of a mother of two from Isleham to raise awareness of the plight that many of the thousands of the county’s carers go through ahead of Carers Rights Day.

The stresses of caring for her husband caused Emma Joy-Staines, 31, to fall ill, and she was later admitted to hospital for tests.

She returned from hospital but struggled to provide care, so she called social services.

“I wasn’t used to asking for help, not even from my family, but I knew I had to do something,” she said.

“I was in an absolute state so I range social services and said, ‘I don’t know what you can do, I don’t know what I need but I need something. Can you help me?’

“They put me in touch in touch with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. They have been my lifeline – the only organisation to proactively help us. I don’t know what would have happened because I was in a bad way. I was very scared.”

Emma was put in touch with support officer Becca Browne, who looked at the way she was coping as a carer and the impact it was having on her health and well-being.

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