Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event, organised by the Carers Trust, and is taking place on 30th January 2020.
Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
Are you a young carer? There are lots of organisations that can help you if you are a young carer or young adult carer:
Carers Trust’s local Network Partners are carer services across the UK, that offer information, advice, practical support and care in the home. Many of them, but not all, have services for young carers and young adult carers. Find your nearest one by visiting www.carers.org
The Children’s Society can also help you find a young carers service near you. The Children’s Society works with children and young people and has lots of advice and resources for young carers on its website. You can live chat with the Supporter Care Team who are there to help from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. www.childrenssociety.org.uk
The Mix provides information and advice to young people under the age of 25 on things such as mental health, relationships and money. The Mix has a free crisis messenger service, see The Mix website for details. You can can also call the Mix on Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (4pm-11pm, seven days a week). www.themix.org.uk
Childline provides a 24-hour service to young people under 19-years-old. It offers advice, information and access to a counselling service. You can also call Childline on Freephone: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
Looking after your wellbeing and mental health: Samaritans provides 24-hour support if you need to talk. You can call Samaritans on Freephone: 116 123. www.samaritans.org
Young Minds offers information about looking after yourself, coping with mental health issues, feelings, symptoms and conditions. Young Minds has a free 24-hour crisis messenger if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. Find out more on the Young Minds’ website. www.youngminds.org.uk
Kooth provides free anonymous online support for young people. You can read articles written by young people, speak with a counsellor and access support from the Kooth community. www.kooth.com
Don’t try to cope in silence, contact someone for help and support.