Never Alone works closely with those caring for an unwell loved one, helping them to cope with the stresses and strains of being a carer whilst living their own lives. The pressures of doing this can very often lead to depression, which is why we’re supporting Depression Awareness week, 18-24 April 2016.

    Many people are faced with a loved one struggling with an illness and many families either don’t have or can’t afford a carer, therefore they often take on these responsibilities themselves. Organising someone’s health, medication and care without any previous experience can be truly daunting, let alone tiring.

    The pressure and extra stress that this adds to an individuals day-to-day life has an impact on the person’s well being. They struggle to take care of their own health and well being and almost never take the time to do what they enjoy, ultimately resulting in almost 40% of carers at risk of depression.

    Carers can often spend a lot of time thinking about their loved ones illness and how it’s affecting both of their lives. These thoughts, on top of worrying about what needs to be done next makes it hard to sleep or switch off. Never Alone understands what’s involved in taking care of an unwell loved one and is here to support carers. Never Alone understands the importance of being able to talk to other people, even just someone to discuss their favourite TV programme with.

    This week, Depression Alliance is encouraging everybody to start talking about depression and get rid of mental health stigma and avoid keeping depression under a hat…literally!

    One of the easiest ways to help raise awareness is to share a picture of you in a hat with us on social media using the hashtag #DAW2016. However, if you fancy doing something different there’s plenty of suggestions here http://www.depressionalliance.org/get-involved/depression-awareness-week-2016fin-logo2

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