'Sandwich Generation': More than one in four report mental ill-health

ONS figures

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More than a quarter (27%) of so-called 'sandwich carers' are showing symptoms of poor mental health, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

Those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life and struggle financially compared to the general population, the ONS research said. It estimates that around 3% of the UK general population have twin caring duties, which amounts more than 1.3m people, and these people are more likely to experience conditions such as anxiety and depression than those who do not (22%). The report also found higher levels of mental-ill health among those who do more hours caring, with mo...

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