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Aiko - Interview 17

Aiko has been caring for her husband who suffers from complex post traumatic stress syndrome, bi-polar disorder and severe depression for seven years. She believes mental health services should address the needs of the whole family.

  • Background

    Aiko came to the UK in 2000 to be with her husband Jim. She has been unable to continue her career in design and training and is now a full...

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Elaine - Interview 32

    Elaine was the main carer for her father for the last four years of his life. He suffered from vascular dementia and Elaine feels both he as a patient and she as a carer were let down by the system.

  • Background

    Elaine is a retired nurse. She is single and has a grown up daughter. She became a carer at age 56. Ethnic background: Mixed Afro-Caribbean/ White European.

  • Age at interview 60
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Raye - Interview 30

    Raye grew up with mental health problems in the family. Today, she is the main carer for her father (paranoid schizophrenia), her sister (schizophrenia) and her brother (manic depression). She now feels she needs to let go of some of the responsibilities and focus on her own life.

  • Background

    Raye has been a carer since she was a teenager. She is single and lives with her mother, but wants to find her own place. She is temping as a...

  • Age at interview 28
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Kiran - Interview 26

    Kiran has been caring for his wife for seven years. She has a lot of health issues and it took over 20 years to find out that depression was an important part of her problems.

  • Background

    Kiran used to work as a machine operator and Foreman but retired to care for his wife. They have three grown up children. He became a carer at age 48....

  • Age at interview 55
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Anne - Interview 20

    Anne has been caring for her husband, who has severe depression, over the last four years. She has recently returned to part time work after having been a full time carer for some time. She believes it should be a requirement that health professionals listen to carers.

  • Background

    Anne lives with her husband and two daughters. She became a carer for her husband at age 36. She feels she belongs to a minorty group due ot her religious...

  • Age at interview 40
  • Sex/Gender Female