Young Carers Awareness Day on 31 January 2019 is a national day of recognition for Young Carers in the UK.
This year the day focuses on the the theme of mental health for young carers, promoting the Carers Trust’s #CareForMeToo campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to:
- Raise public awareness about mental health problems that can be experienced by young people as a result of their caring responsibilities;
- Improve the availability of support for the mental health of young carers.
Carers Trust said, “We have spoken extensively with young carers and young adult carers about their mental health. They told us how their mental health is affected by the lack of support. Too often the type of mental health support they needed just wasn’t there. Even when support was available, all too often their situation was made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand what a caring role means for young people and how it can lead to problems with mental health. The message from these young carers to people in a position to make a difference is simple: #CareForMeToo.”
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, in partnership with the YMCA, will be running a number of stress and anxiety workshops for young carers in local schools and colleges to help promote mental health awareness. The workshops will offer self-help tools and information to support young carers to manage the stress and anxiety which can result from their caring responsibilities.
Come back soon to find out more.