The European Commission recently issued a communication on Mental Health, we thought it would be useful to share our comments on this document.
The prevalence of mental health problems among non-working informal carers is 20% higher than among non-carers, and particularly high for people who provide highly intensive care (more than 20 hours per week). Depressive disorders, anxiety, anger and hostility are frequently associated with heavier caring duties.
In other words, carers may experience psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression, which may also negatively affect their physical health. Therefore, they should be considered a vulnerable group where mental health is concerned.
The short document below sets out our views on the above Communication, both from a general perspective as well as from the specific point of view of carers.