Carers Week runs from 11-17th June and is an annual awareness campaign. It takes place to recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.
And today, local mental health charity Dorset Mind announces details of their new monthly support group in Poole – for carers.
A new support group for carers
‘Carers in Mind’ is a new monthly support group that will focus on helping carers of young people or adults to take a break from caring and focus on selfcare – in particular caring for their mental health. The group will provide an opportunity to gain support through talking to people who have similar experiences. This formula works well for the charity’s well-established talking therapy groups.
Anyone who is a carer and would like support to improve their mental health will be made welcome to the group. The aim of the group is to enable people to talk openly without judgement in a safe and confidential environment. In addition, workships will provide positive support with advice, and real solutions to challenges faced by carers.
The reasons why Carers need support
Carers UK stated this week that 72% of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring. 42% carers also said that they’d not received any training or information to help them keep well (Carers UK’s State of Caring 2018 online survey of 6,828 Carers currently providing care).
Dorset Mind’s Chief Executive Marianne Storey says “We are delighted to announce our new carers’ group in Poole. Carers save the UK economy £132 billion pounds each year. But carers can often neglect their own needs, in prioritising those of the person they care for. That can lead to them experiencing greater strain on their mental health.
At Dorset Mind, our staff have a wealth of experience of caring. We know that carers are put under mental and physical stress daily. Lack of sleep and not being able to socialise or exercise puts additional strain on carers.
A support group for carers is something we’ve wanted to offer for a while. We want to empower carers by offering education, information and coping strategies so that they are able to continue offering care in a healthy manner.
This new group is part of our 5-year strategy to expand our support services across Dorset. We’re very lucky to partner with Poole Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – our group will be held on their premises, which is easily accessed by public transport. We want to make it as easy as possible for carers to get there. We are starting the group as a monthly occurance, but are hoping that local businesses will sponsor the group so we can offer it more regularly.”
The impact of caring for someone
Dorset Mind’s Patron and Principal Academic at Bournemouth University, Dr Andrew Mayers comments, “We have known for some time that the impact of caring for someone else (often family or a loved-one) has a huge impact on that carer’s health and mental health, and that they get very little support. The recent Carers UK data confirms this. For too long, carers’ wellbeing has been overlooked. I am delighted that Dorset Mind will be provide this support to carers in Dorset.”
‘Carers in Mind’ will take place monthly at CAMHS Community Health Clinic, Poole, on a Monday between 12 and 2pm.
There is help available if a carer needs help to attend our support group – for instance finding someone to look after your cared one. Carers should contact CRISP in Bournemouth and Poole, or the Carers Hub in Dorset to arrange an assessment.
Dorset Mind is an independant charity (and doesn’t receive direct funding from national Mind or the Mind high street shops). If your business would like to sponsor ‘Carers in Mind’ or any of the charity’s support groups, please email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org