It’s Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday 31st January 2019 – a day to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness about young carers in the UK.
The focus this year is young carers’ mental health. The pressures of caring can lead to mental health problems, anxiety and stress and the Carers Trust, which oversees the Day, wants to improve awareness about the mental health support needs of young carers.
To tie in with the Day we want YOU to get involved and ‘Walk a mile in young carers’ shoes’ and think about what young carers’ lives are like, their priorities, feelings and experiences.
There are various ways you can get involved, including:
- Organising an activity such as a cake sale or a sponsored walk and donate the money to support our work with young carers. Walking can improve mental health as it releases endorphins that boost energy and mood; or
- Share information about young carers and the support available.
Figures from a recent NHS survey found that 13% of young carers had anxiety or depression compared to 8% of others their age without caring responsibilities. In addition, a Carers Trust survey of 350 young carers showed 48% felt stressed as a result of caring and 44% were tired.
Talking about how you’re feeling and your mental health can help you feel happy and healthy. We provide advice and support to young carers and their families to try and reduce the young person’s caring role. We also provide free activities to give young carers a break from caring and reduce isolation as they meet other young carers.
Whatever you do to mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2019, we would love to know. You can share tweets on January 31st @ycherts using the hashtag #YoungCarersAwarenessDay and you can also download and display our Walk a Mile poster with any activity you are holding.
For more information about the support we provide young carers in Hertfordshire please call us on 01992 58 69 69 or look around this website.
Please find more information below or click here to find out about the support for young carers in Hertfordshire.
Walk a mile poster: Poster – walk a mile
Young Carers factsheet: YC Factsheet