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Raising awareness of young carers and young adult carers who look after someone

Young Carers Awareness Day is taking place on 31 January 2019!

Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by children and young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for more support for young carers and young adult carers, and their needs.

Young carers and young adult carers have expressed how caring for someone can affect their mental health and wellbeing. Therefore this year Young Carer Awareness Day will focus on mental health.

Who are young carers and young adult carers?

Young carers are children and young people aged between 5-18 who look after someone in their family who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol. They take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities that can have a huge impact on their life.

Young adult carers are young people aged between 16-25 who care for someone, and are not employed to do this, who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Young adult carers often face challenges of their own because of their age and circumstances, and taking on a caring role whilst transitioning into adulthood. View our short young adult carers films about young adults and their caring roles and the challenges they face.

What might young carers and young adult carers do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking or shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping the person they care for to get out of bed
  • Giving emotional support to the person they care for, such as talking and being there when the person is distressed and anxious
  • Personal care, such as helping the person they care for to dress 
  • Collecting prescriptions 
  • Looking after brothers and sisters

How can you support Young Carers Awareness Day?

Young carers and young adult carers often put their own needs second in order to look after someone. This Young Carers Awareness Day young carers and young adult carers say #CareForMeToo. Support us in our plight to raise awareness of Carers Trust's new campaign #CareForMeToo to highlight young carers and young adult carers mental health.

Take a pledge of action to support young carers and young adult carers mental health and wellbeing. Find out more about the #CareForMeToo campaign and how you can support. Visit Carers Trust website to get more information about Young Carers Awareness Day. 

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