Today is Young Carers’ Awareness Day, an annual event organised by the Carers’ Trust to promote young carer related issues and the challenges they face in their roles as carers.
The theme for this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day is mental health. With 1 in 5 secondary school pupils now having an active caring role at home, and 1 in 4 people suffering with mental ill health at some point in their lives, mental health support for young carers has never been so important.
Tom Humphreys, Devon Young Carers’ Lead Practitioner for Young Carers says: "In the work we do to support young carers, we see how their responsibilities can impact on their lives on a daily basis. More and more, young carers are reporting to us how their caring role leaves them feeling stressed and isolated, which can have a huge impact on their mental wellbeing. Unfortunately young people also tell us that professionals often don't understand or just aren't aware of the challenges they face as carers, which often means the support they need for their mental health isn't available."
Devon Young Carers provided support to over 3,000 young carers last year, which included school visits, information and advice, trips, drop-ins and activities, one to one support and the opportunity to attend the annual young carers’ festival.
Find out more about Young Carers’ Awareness Day here.