Young Carers' Mental Wellbeing
The jobs that young carers and young adult carers do can be incredibly stressful. Alongside tiredness and stress they can worry, become anxious, face depression and be overwhelmed.
Young carers can have lots of different feelings about caring. There will be times when they really enjoy helping their parent or family, but there will be other times when they struggle.
They can also be dealing with the possible loss of a parent or sibling in the future if the illness is terminal. Stepping in early makes a massive impact and can mean that they avoid or stop experiencing depression, self harming and drug and alcohol addiction.
You can do things to help like:
- be aware of them; Identifying Training
- have someone there if they need someone to talk to;
- make sure that they have access to a phone to phone home if they need to;
- make sure staff are aware of the issues young carers face;
- provide information about young carer groups;
- share information confidentially;
- have trips or breaks available;
- listen to them;
- connect them to young carers groups where they can socialise and get support from peers.