"The carer will suffer from living in an extremely stressful environment, will experience extensive lack of sleep, a broken meal pattern, isolation and no 'me time', amongst other things. All this leads to the carer suffering from ill health in the long run.
A carer looking after a family member with a mental illness is doing so because they do not want their loved one to be left suffering with undue help which is not always provided by the health services.
Therefore the carer needs to maintain reasonable health themselves to continue in this role."
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