Comment from Chief Executive on Carers Week 2015 Support in Mind Scotland is this week celebrating Carers Week – an annual event which aims to raise awareness and highlight the issues faced by them. Carers make an enormous impact to the everyday lives of people with any illness – and also save the Scottish economy an estimated £10.3 billion per year. Commenting, Support in Mind Scotland Chief Executive, Frances Simpson, said: Many of our members are carers who make an enormous contribution to the lives of people with lived experience of mental health issues. We truly value the work carers do, and we aim to deliver services which support carers as well as services for people with lived experience of mental health issues. We also participate in the Creative Breaks Fund which gives carers the chance to have a weekend break to recharge their batteries. This week, we are hosting events from training and self-management sessions to music nights and garden parties. Events are going on across Scotland to raise awareness of the issues carers face, recognise their important work and to fundraise to further support our services. A range of events is being hosted by Support in Mind Scotland this week in locations across Scotland to raise awareness of the important contribution carers make to people with lived experience of mental health issues; to fundraise to support our work with carers; and to give carers the chance to unwind. For details of this week’s events, see [[hyperlink]]. Throughout the year, Support in Mind Scotland carries out research into the issues faced by carers and also offers many services for carers of people with lived experience of mental health issues – including the Creative Breaks scheme and carers’ support groups.