Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event organised by the Carers Trust and this year it will be taking place on the Thursday 30 January. The event aims to support the thousands of young carers across the UK looking after loved ones who are ill, disabled or who misuse drugs or alcohol.
Recent studies show that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer, with many caring for family members or friends from an even younger age.
Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For the majority of young carers their responsibilities at home can mean missing out on a carefree childhood and can negatively impact on education.
Young carers of those with mental health conditions are often hidden and our clinical staff can be ideally placed to recognise and identify them. Children of patients in our care may be young carers if they provide emotional support to their parent, recognise when they are unwell or worry about how they are. Is a patient you look after aware of this? Would they like a chance for their child/young person to chat about how things are for them and what support may be available?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then Devon Young Carers can help. They are a local charity working with young people between the ages of 4 and 18 and can provide specialist advice, access to respite and 1:1 support. Once the appropriate consent forms are completed, they can make contact with the family and offer their services. For further information, to receive the consent forms or to talk to a member of staff please ring 03456 434 435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further detail can be found on their website by clicking here.