Unpaid carers across Lincolnshire say the pandemic has led to mental health issues. | News

They say the stress level has been really high over the past year.

Author: Andy MarshPublished 32 minutes ago

There are calls for more support to Lincolnshire’s unpaid caregivers as many tell us that they are struggling to cope with the stress of their workload.

You feel you need more support.

Unpaid carers look after family members or, in some cases, a close friend.

They do this on a completely voluntary basis, often because they feel obliged to.

But it can take a toll.

People caring for people with complex health problems can apply for an allowance of just over sixty-seven pounds a week, but must provide at least thirty-five hours of care to claim it.

Nevertheless, many find it difficult to deal with it.

We spoke to Daniel Fleshbourne from Lincoln about his experience.

He started looking after his mother at the age of five.

He still does this as an adult, but also takes care of his wife and stepson.

He told us that he had lost touch with his own feelings during the pandemic and felt “pretty robotic”.

He thought that might be his lot in life.

Eventually he got to the point where he considered killing himself through the stress.

He says that while it’s a great “clap for the carers” that recognized the contribution of the NHS staff, people like him couldn’t go home and sign out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ? . . . . . . ?

He believes that the contribution of unpaid carers needs to be recognized more.

Daniel was helped by the Lincolnshire-based charity Carers First, and he now supports other carers in the county.

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