By Paul Gallagher in iNews.
Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or socially isolated because of their role, a new poll suggests. The amount of people struggling to deal with caring rises to 86 per cent for those who provide care for 50 hours or more each week, according to a new report from the charity Carers UK. Younger people find it particularly hard, with almost nine in 10 carers under 24 (89 per cent) saying they feel isolated because of their caring responsibilities.
Joseph, 28, from Manchester, has been looking after his mentally-ill mother from a very young age. An uncle was able to help out for several years, but died suddenly when Joseph was 22, leaving him to be his mum’s full-time carer once again. “That time coincided with government cuts, which had a huge impact on an already lacklustre system of care,” he told i. The lack of support and social isolation has had a devastating effect on his own mental health, and he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder 18 months ago.
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