A report released for Carers Week by a group of charities has highlighted what they call a "woeful lack of support" for people taking on a caring role.
- 79% of carers said they were not aware of the support available
- 30% believed they had been given the wrong advice about the help on offer
- 96% felt more stressed because of caring
The charities behind the research said nearly 2,000 people take on a new caring role every week in the North East.
If you look after a parent, partner or child, you also need to look after yourself. Help is out there - but you need to know where to start.
As charities highlight a lack of support for carers, one woman who looks after her husband says help is there - but you have to ask for it.