Mental health study identifies dementia carers’ suffering

A Queensland study has found people who care for dementia sufferers are more likely to contemplate suicide than the general population. About 300,000 Australians suffer from dementia and more than 65 per cent of those are cared for in their own home or by their family.

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer from Griffith University says a survey of 120 carers in Australia and the US found that one in four had contemplated suicide more than once in the past year. "Our results are more than eight times what the general population say, and so if people are thinking about it we need to be really concerned," she said. Click here to read more and click here to download the study Suicidal Ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013