呼籲為無償照顧者提供心理健康支持

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呼籲為無償照顧者提供心理健康支持

一位在丈夫癱瘓後成為其全職照顧者的婦女表示,在無償照顧者中,心理健康是 "一個大問題"。

"她說:"直到你照顧某人,你才意識到這是多麼的孤獨。

在遭受中風後,米克左半身癱瘓,普羅伯-湯普森女士說,自從大流行以來,他們的處境變得更加困難。

"在退休之前,米克在皇家空軍的角色使他能夠環遊世界。她說:"出去走走,以及與終生的朋友相聚,對我們來說非常重要。

"但隨着大流行病的發生,它變得更加困難。我仍然擔心感染Covid-19,因為如果我把它傳給他,他就會得重病。

"普羅伯-湯普森女士補充說:"這對我們來說是相當孤立的,不能與其他人交流確實影響了我的心理健康。

在獲得40,000英鎊以僱傭一名專業的心理健康從業者後,它將很快能夠提供進一步的支持。

來自RUHX(皇家聯合醫院NHS基金會信託的官方慈善機構)和NHS慈善機構的資助,將為該職位提供兩年的資金。

"一些無償照顧者已接近危機點。他們覺得自己無法繼續下去--他們也為這種想法感到內疚。

"新的從業人員將幫助照顧者解決他們的擔憂或問題,並確定他們的心理健康需求和可能需要的支持,"伊爾伯里先生補充說。

"我需要有機會秘密地談論我的感受,與能夠理解我的情況但又與之保持分離的人交談。


A woman who became a full-time carer to her husband after he became paralysed has said that mental health is "a big problem" among unpaid carers.

"Until you care for someone, you don't realise how lonely it is," she said.

After suffering a stroke, Mick was left paralysed down his left side and Ms Probert-Thompson said their situation had become more difficult since the pandemic.

"Before retiring, Mick's role in the RAF allowed him to travel the world. Getting out and about, as well as catching up with life-long friends was so important to us," she said.

"But with the pandemic, it has been harder. I am still worried about contracting Covid-19 because if I passed it onto him he would be seriously ill.

"It has been quite isolating for us, and not being able to interact with other people has really affected my mental health," added Ms Probert-Thompson.

It will soon be able to offer further support after being awarded £40,000 to employ a specialist mental health practitioner.

The grant, from RUHX (the official charity of the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and NHS Charities Together, will fund the position for two years.

"Some unpaid carers are near crisis point. They feel like they can't go on - they also feel guilty for thinking this.

"The new practitioner will be helping carers with concerns or issues they have and identifying their mental health needs and what support may be needed," added Mr Ilbury.

"I need the opportunity to talk confidentially about my feelings, with someone who can understand my situation but remains separate from it.

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