Screen carers for depression, say doctors' leaders
11 May 2013 Last updated at 23:40 BST
Carers should be routinely screened for signs of depression by their GP to ensure their health needs are not neglected, according to the The Royal College of General Practitioners.
About 40% of carers are thought to be at risk of depression or stress because of their caring role.
It is estimated that seven million people in the UK currently provide unpaid care to a sick or disabled child or an adult who could not otherwise live independently.
Danny Savage reports.