Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role
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Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role

5 The psychological and emotional demands of the caring role

To examine the psychological and emotional demands of the caring role on mental health, it is important to examine the concept of mental health, which is often less well understood than physical health. In Activity 4 you are presented with a brief overview of mental health and are asked to reflect on how the caring role might impact on this.

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Activity 4

Timing: Allow approximately 20 minutes.

Watch Video 3 and reflect on the information presented in this session so far. Consider why the caring role might impact on the mental health of carers.

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Transcript: Video 3 What is mental health?

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SPEAKER:
We all have mental health. It is just as important as physical health. It is not only about mental illness or mental disorders. This is just one part of a bigger picture. It's best to think about mental health as being on a continuum rather than people being either mentally ill or mentally well.
We are all on the continuum. And we move up and down according to factors, such as our genetic makeup and upbringing, our life circumstances, and the stresses we are under. At one end of the continuum, we have mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. And at the other end, we have states of positive mental health, when we're thriving, content, and fulfilled.

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Video 3 What is mental health?
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Discussion

The video shows mental health as a continuum, with one end of the continuum being where someone is thriving and the other end of the continuum being where someone experiences mental ill health, for example depression. You are shown that mental health can be affected by several factors, including stressors, which can impact where someone might be on the continuum on a given day. This, for example, might be where a carer’s mental health is impacted by the demands of the caring role. You will explore this further in the next section.

You will now consider the challenges of the caring role and reflect how these might impact on the mental health of a carer.

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