24th January 2019Category: Young Carers
Young Carers Awareness Day takes place on Thursday 31st January and will focus on Mental Health.
Young Carer’s are children and young people age 5 to 18 who take on physical, practical or emotional responsibilities at home because someone in their family is disabled, or may have been ill for a long time.
Download the Carers Trust "Young Carers: Who are they? What do they do?" poster below.
Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people.
Young Carers Awareness Day will link in with Carers Trust #CareForMeToo campaign, which aims to:
Carers Trust have spoken extensively with young carers and young adult carers about their mental health.
They described how their mental health is affected by the lack of support.
Too often the type of mental health support they needed just wasn’t there. Even when support was available, all too often their situation was made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand what a caring role means for young people and how it can lead to problems with mental health.
The message from these young carers to people in a position to make a difference is simple: #CareForMeToo
There are various ways you can be part of Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.