Fair Go? – Who Cares For The Carer? The Impact Of Caring For People With A Mental Illness

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Authors: Clare Wilson, WA & Kevin Menon, SINGAPORE

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Carers' participation

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765302

Abstract: This study investigates how informal carers of patients diagnosed with mental illness are affected by their role. It was found that participating carers scored significantly lower than the general population on all the following health concepts: Physical Functioning, Role Functioning, Bodily Pain, General Health, Vitality, Social Functioning, Role Emotional, and Mental Health. Participants reported dissatisfaction with current carer services, mental health services, and levels of funding. While a majority maintained that they had a good relationship with the person they cared for, they felt that being a carer drained them emotionally, made it difficult to get a job and negatively affected their social lives. Suggestions about how carer needs can be better met were also explored and the implications of the findings in terms of improving carer support is discussed.

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