Across the UK there are almost 6.5 million people caring for friends or relatives, many for more than 50 hours a week. This year Carers Week is highlighting the wellbeing of carers, showing that many suffer from depression, stress and anxiety.
Recent government cuts to social care budgets could increase health risks for both carers and care recipients. Carers Week research reveals that 80% of carers are worried about the impact of cuts to their support. Furthermore, research by the British Red Cross recently discovered that 9 out of 10 GPs believe that a lack of social care is putting elderly and vulnerable social care patients at risk.
Local people can support Carers Week by taking part in one of the many events being run across Tyne and Wear and the North East or by showing their support online through Facebook or Twitter. Commenting on the social network YouTube Bridget said:
"This week is Carers Week. I know from meeting with carers in my own constituency how important their job is in looking after loved ones in times of ill health. But I also know how great a strain it can often place on carers’ own health and wellbeing, but also their finances.
"This week is about showing our support for carers and making sure they get the recognition they deserve for this vital work.
"If you’re a carer, get in touch with me, let me know what your experiences are, but also the challenges that you face in looking after a loved one."
To find out more about Carers Week or to obtain resources to show your support for Carers Week please visit www.carersweek.org.
If you would like to get in touch with Bridget about your experience as a carer please email firstname.lastname@example.org