As part of Carers UK’s advocacy work, we regularly engage in consultations from different government departments on a range of policy issues.
Currently, the Department for Health and Social Care is consulting on a 10-year plan for improving people’s mental health and wellbeing. The purpose of the 10-year plan is to improve the support that those with mental ill health receive.
We will be submitting a response to this consultation on behalf of carers, based on our existing research and data. This is really important as our recent State of Caring 2021 report found that almost a third of carers (30%) consider their mental health to be either bad or very bad. This reveals a worrying trend towards poorer mental health amongst carers, given that this figure has increased from 27% in just two years since 2019. Concerningly, the picture is even worse for those caring more than 35 hours a week, where over a third (34%) consider their mental health to be bad or very bad.
We wanted to give you the opportunity to tell us about your own lived experiences regarding the impact that caring has had on your own mental ill health, as well as what it is like caring for someone with mental ill health. Feel free to provide as much or little detail as you would like, but specifically, we would like to hear more about:
- The impact that providing unpaid care had on your own mental health? Please also tell us if/how this has changed during the COVID pandemic.
- From your experience of caring for someone with mental ill health, how can public services better support the people you care for?
- How well supported do you feel by the NHS and other public services regarding your mental health, or with caring for someone with mental ill health? Where (if anywhere) does the NHS perform well, and where there is room for improvement?
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your experiences publicly in the thread below, please feel free to email email@example.com instead. All information you provide will be used anonymously.
You can find out more information about the consultation through the link below. We will also make sure to share our final submission with you, ahead of the deadline for responses on 7th July.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Policy and Public Affairs Team
If you need any support with your mental health and wellbeing, please check out the advice pages on our website. Our telephone Helpline is also available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm, or you can contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you need somebody to talk to or a listening ear, Samaritans is also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123 or you can email email@example.com.