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Between the 10th-16th June is National Carers Week, recognising the role that unpaid carers play in society. Though there are up to seven million carers in the U.K., their work is often undervalued and ignored by the government. This week therefore raises awareness about the work they do and this year, the central theme is ‘getting connected’. Despite the fact that in Kent alone there are 151,000 carers, only 1 in 10 across the country are officially recognised. Therefore,  this campaign aims to link up carers so that they receive more support, whether that be through groups such as Carers Support East Kent, or through financial support which some unpaid carers may be eligible for.

Rosie Duffield, the M.P. for Canterbury, says: ‘National Carers Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard-work of the millions of unpaid carers across the country. I hope that, in line with this year’s theme of ‘getting connected’, the awareness that is raised helps carers realise they are not alone and that there is support out there. Unfortunately though, despite campaigning efforts from groups, including the fantastic Kent-based group #WeCare campaign, the government has abandoned the promised carers strategy. I want to see greater financial support for carers, with their benefits raised in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the launch of a National Care Service.’

Katy Styles, a founding member of the #WeCare campaign, says: ‘Whilst unpaid carers appreciate the week long spotlight that Carers Week throws on us all, carers issues should be a year long focus for decision makers. We Care Campaign continue to campaign for carers to be valued for the enormous contribution they make to society. We are calling for a national Carers Strategy which would support and identify us all and are committed to ensuring carers voices are heard.’

 

ENDS.

 

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By Rosie Duffield MP / HealthLatest News / 0 Comments

Rosie attended a parliamentary event bringing together people living with mental health problems from Canterbury and surrounding areas, representatives from Mind and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.

The event – ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ – was organised by national mental health charity Mind and took place on 13 September in the House of Commons, with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local authorities responsible for providing services and policymakers.

Rosie, MP for Canterbury listened to the experiences of people affected by poor mental health and showed her commitment to ‘raising the bar’ for mental health services in the area by putting her name to a pledge board.

Rosie said: “I was glad to attend this important event and intrigued to hear from people affected by poor mental health. Around 1 in 4 people in Canterbury and Whitstable will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but unfortunately, I regularly hear from many constituents who tell me they’re not getting the support they need. I’m committed to doing all I can to transform mental health services so that everyone in my area gets the information, advice and treatment they need and deserve, when they need it. It’s so vital that we collectively ‘raise the bar’ for mental health services across our area.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, no matter what their background. All main political parties have recognised the scale of the problem, but after decades of neglect and underfunding there’s still a great deal of unmet need. Every day we hear from people struggling to access the support they need.

“We are really pleased that Rosie Duffield took the time to listen to people’s first-hand experiences as well as find out more about some of the work our local Minds do to support people in Canterbury. By participating in this event, we hope that MPs recognise the importance of mental health and the vital role they play in ensuring that those of us living with mental health problems in Canterbury and Whitstable get the services and support they need to recover, stay well and lead fulfilling lives.”

For more information about Mind, check out their website: www.mind.org.uk or call their confidential information line on 0300 123 3393