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‘Life as a carer can be a constant battle’

‘Life as a carer can be a constant battle’

Thursday, May 30, 2013


HUSBAND and wife Stuart and Helen McIntosh are a couple who truly know the meaning of the vow ‘in sickness and in health’.

While Helen suffers from epilepsy, her husband Stuart is wheelchair-bound following a fall at work.

  1. CARERS: Stuart  and Helen McIntosh. Picture: Chris Huthwaite

    CARERS: Stuart and Helen McIntosh. Picture: Chris Huthwaite

The Newcastle couple are not only carers for each other but also help to take care of their two sons, who have disorders on the Autism spectrum.

Now they have both been nominated for the Sentinel’s Our Heroes Awards in the Adult Carer of the Year category.

Stuart, aged 48, of Seabridge Lane, said: “I was working as a production manager for a pottery firm about 20 years ago when I fell and severely damaged my ankle.

“Because I couldn’t stand up for long periods, I got a job as a bus driver.

“However, in the end, I had to leave my job to look after Helen and the boys.

“Now, I help to look after her and she helps to look after me.

Whose Shoes? – Making It Real. Launch event


Making it real, making real people have real voices


Launch of the new electronic tool to help you engage all your key
people in the transformation of health and social care.
‘Making It Real’ is a co-produced approach to personalisation spelling out what it really means to engage with the ‘personalisation agenda’ and help people have choice and control over their own support needs and a good quality of life.

Anti-stigma project helps GPs treat people with mental health problems

Time to Change hopes its model for raising awareness  among primary care staff can be rolled out across the country

Guardian Professional,          

Time to Change has made headway in  changing attitudes among clinicians and support staff.

It seems like common sense that the first place someone with a health problem  is likely to turn for help is their GP, who is expected to deal with them in an  appropriate manner. For people with mental  health problems, however, this isn’t necessarily the case. According to the  anti-stigma campaign Time  to Change (TTC), many people experiencing mental distress arrive at the GP  surgery to find that primary care professionals are ill-equipped to deal with  their needs. Sometimes the sheer volume of work GPs must contend with means  there aren’t the resources available. But often a lack of awareness and training  about mental health issues means patients do not receive the care and attention  they need.