When I began caring and having the responsibility of look after my mother, I didn’t realise how challenging it would be because of mainly the under resourced social care and mental health services that were involved in her care plan. In addition to this she has complex health issues and this led to stress and a vulnerability to my own mental health issues. They say mental ill health can be genetic but given the length of difficulties carers face and the lack of time GP’s have to identify needs at consultations, there is no wonder that there is rise in mental health problems in the caring population. When you stop caring, you can become affected long term with health issues.
My mum as a much better care plan now and as a relative, my views and feelings are always taken into account about her care. It has taken a long time to get to that point though.
Above is a short TV interview from 2013 on BBC breakfast news.
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