According to the Carers Trust there are 7 million carers in the UK. Based on census figures it’s estimated that there are at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged between 16-25.
31st January is National Young Carers Day, an event which is designed to highlight the challenges that young carers face and the campaign to provide them with greater support.
This year the day will focus on the theme of mental health with the introduction of the #careformetoo campaign.
The campaign aims 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.
According to statistics
- 68% of young carers are bullied in schools.
- Only half of young carers have a particular person in school who recognises that they are a carer and helps them.
- Young carers responding to a survey missed or cut short many school days every year. The average was 48 school days missed or cut short because of their caring role.
- Many services are only funded to work with young carers up to the age of 18. In a survey, 79% of young carers said they were worried about moving on as they felt there was no support for them.
This year the campaign is asking you to support young carers by drawing the number 1 on your hand and taking a selfie, you should then share it on twitter using the words below.
#1in5 secondary school pupils care for a family member – it can be lonely and stressful and lead to mental health problems. For #YoungCarersAwarenessDay I’m backing @CarersTrust’s #CareForMeToo campaign to help #YoungCarers get the support they need. goo.gl/zY6yYn
If you are a young carer and you are struggling and feel you need help, then there a number of options, you could contact Carers Trust, who will be able to help you. You could also speak to an adult that you trust, another family member or a teacher.
It’s important to remember that you aren’t on your own and there is plenty of help out there for you.