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 here.
If you are a young carer check out the Info Zone for help on dealing with anxiety and stress . Young adult carers can find advice and support on YACbook including how to look after your mental health.
Protecting a young carers mental health
New research from a YouGov survey has revealed that over one third of young people aged 11-18 in Great Britain who give up time to care for someone they live with are experiencing widespread problems with their mental wellbeing.
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 are a teacher or someone working within a school setting and would like more information on supporting young carers contact Sharon Twiggs in our Reaching Communities Team on 0800 181 4118.
Carers Trust have produced activities to use in schools to help raise awareness of Young Carers Awareness Day 2019. Click here for lesson activities, information about young carers and a quiz.
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”