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Caring overview

There are around 7 million carers in the UK who look after relatives and friends with disabilities and health conditions. When a loved one becomes ill, some people have little time to adjust to the new role as a carer. For others it’s a gradual process. Either way, carers can find it difficult to adjust and find answers to concerns.

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Carers may feel under pressure when caring for loved ones. Here are some places you can turn to for support in your role as a carer.

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Your GP can not only help carers with the medical and practical care concerns they have, they can also help carers access a range of services to look after their own emotional health. Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that can be successfully treated with counselling and/or medication.

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