Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
1 in 5 secondary school pupils care for a family member.
It can be lonely and stressful and lead to mental health problems.
That’s why this year, on 31 January 2019, the focus for Young Carer Awareness Day is on the theme of mental health
Celina was twelve years old when her Dad died and she became a carer for her Mum and five siblings.
“No one really knew what it meant to be a young carer, everyone just thought I was helping out, but it was more than that.”
Read Celina’s story.
Working with Schools
We are working with the Children’s Society and the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme to improve identification and the support of young carers. For Young Carers Awareness Day we’ll be out and about raising awareness in the regions schools and colleges including John Of Gaunt School in Trowbridge and Salisbury College. If you see us don’t forget to say hi!
If you are a teacher or work within a school setting and would like to find out more about how you can identify and support young carers please contact Sharon Twiggs in our Reaching Communities Team who can help. Call us on 0800 181 4118.
Carers Trust have produced activities to use in schools to help raise awareness of Young Carers Awareness Day 2019. You can find lesson activities, information about young carers and a quiz.
Mental Health Workshop
Carer Support Wiltshire will be running a Mental Health Workshop for some of the young people we support with Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Daran Bailey. The workshop will help them to understand mental health issues, and will include coping strategies and information on how to protect their mental health and how to ask for help. If you are a young adult carer who would like to take part, contact Andrea in our Young Adult Support Team on 0800 181 4118.
The #CareForMeToo campaign
A lack of understanding and awareness of the impact of caring on a young person’s mental health means that too often support for mental health isn’t available. We’ll be supporting #CareForMeToo a Carers Trust campaign that aims to raise awareness about mental health and improve support for young carers.
If you are on social media, why not post a photo of yourself with a piece of paper saying “I’m supporting the #CareForMeToo campaign for young carers”
Find out more about the #CareForMeToo campaign.
If you are a young carer or would like to find out more about being a young person caring for a loved one check out our Young Carer website