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November 2015

Are you a carer? Do you have caring responsibilities?

If you regularly look after someone you are an unpaid carer

You may be a family member, partner or friend. If the person you care for has physical or mental health issues, a learning disability, is a substance misuser, or is vulnerable or frail and you provide care with their day to day living you are considered a carer. The type of help you provide can be anything from personal hygiene, feeding, shopping, cooking or sorting out their financial affairs.

At some point in their lives 3 people out of 5 are carers. Although you may take on this caring role willingly, it can mean that it is more difficult to look after yourself. Often the time left available to you to manage the day to day tasks in your own life is limited, let alone having time to relax and to have freedom from your caring responsibilities.

Where to access information, support and help

Your GP can be a good starting point to enable you to access to local information and support.  Carers UK is a national organisation for carers and there are local charities who represent and help carers. For East Sussex, contact Care for the Carers by phone on 01323 738390, or by email at For Brighton, contact The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove on 01273 746222, or by email at

The Adult Social Care Department of your local County Council will also be a source of help and information. For East Sussex, contact 0345 60 80 19, for Brighton contact Access Point on 01273 295555.

For older people with caring responsibilities Age UK can provide a range of services and support. For East Sussex, contact 01424 426162, for Brighton contact 01273 720603.

Some ‘me’ time - 80% of carers say that their own ill health affects their ability to care

As well as the likelihood of caring impacting on your physical health, caring can place huge emotional demands on you and this can begin to affect your mental health. Seeing a counsellor at this time can be very helpful as it provides an opportunity to voice exactly how you feel about your caring role. You can also explore ways of managing your caring role so that hopefully you can cope better with the day to day demands it places on you.

Please use this link to contact Mary Saunders of Azure Counselling if you would like to enquire about how counselling can  help you.

Previous Blogs:

January 2015 - Christmas - Pleasure or Pain

December 2013 - How important is your mental health

May 2013 - Stress & Anxiety

March 2013 - Ethics Inside & Outside The Counselling Room

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