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31 sty 2019
Young Carers Awareness Day 2019
Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people. That’s why Young Carers Awareness Day (31 January 2019) will focus on mental health.
There are about 175,000 young carers in the UK who provide care or support to a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or has a substance misuse problem.
What young carers have to say:
Young carers and young adult carers told us how their mental health is affected by the pressures of their caring role.
All too often the mental health support they needed just wasn’t there.
And even when support was available, their situation was often made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand the specific difficulties and challenges faced by young people as a result of their caring role.
The message from these young carers to people in a position to make a difference is simple: Look after us to
There is support, advice & guidance for you at the following sites, including stories from young carers: