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“How can I take a break?” coping strategies and support needs of mental health carers

Caring for a family member or friend can have major impacts on the personal life and wellbeing of carers. Identifying those who experience poor subjective wellbeing, factors that contribute to this, and ways in which services can be more effectively provided is essential in supporting carers in their role. This study surveyed carers from across New South Wales and found that carers of people with mental health issues reported poorer health and mental health themselves than any other group of carers, despite being more likely to access supportive services. The effectiveness of personal coping strategies employed by mental health carers is also discussed. Survey results raise implications regarding the support of mental health carers and their subjective wellbeing.

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Additional Titles
Social Work in Mental Health

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1533-2993;1533-2985
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2015
Issue Number
4
Volume Number
13
Start Page
318-335