Carers who support service users treated by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust are being reminded that their wellbeing is also vitally important.
The reminder comes at the beginning of Carers Week 2013, which starts today (Monday June 10).
Carers Week is an annual UK-wide awareness campaign, aimed at improving the lives of carers and the people they care for.
There are thousands of carers who support people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and other conditions treated by ²gether, and they are being reminded that they should not forget their own wellbeing while caring for those they support.
Dr Jane Melton, ²gether’s Clinical Director for Social Inclusion, said: “Carers, by nature, tend to put those they are caring for before themselves. Their selflessness often means they don’t seek support for problems they are experiencing. We want to remind carers that they are important too and we are committed to supporting them as well.
“We’ve demonstrated our commitment to carers through publishing and using our Carers Charter and Young Carers Charter. In the charters we pledge to work with carers, listen to them, respect and value them, as well as recognise their own needs. Carers Assessments are one way in which we can ensure carers get the full range of support they need.
“Carers undertake a critical role which we must value and respect. Carers Week is as good an opportunity as any to remind people who devote time to care for others that their health and wellbeing is essential. We hope that Carers Week will act as a reminder that carers must think of their own health and wellbeing sometimes too as well as that of those that they care for.”
The theme for this year’s Carers Week is ‘Prepared to Care?’.
Carers supporting service users within treatment from ²gether can request a Carers’ Assessment through their Care Coordinator.