“Under 18? Caring for an adult or a child?”
If the answer is yes, you may be a ‘young carer’.
“Sometimes it’s hard“
While some young carers offer practical help, others may provide more emotional support.
Caring for a parent with a physical condition, for example, may involve physical help such as getting dressed or doing the cooking, but caring for a parent with a mental health problem, or who misuses drugs or alcohol, involves more emotional guidance and support.
Sibling carers may feel the need to keep an eye on the brother or sister they care for or worry about them when they are in school.
Sometimes it can be hard.
It can take up a lot of your time and stop you from doing the things you want to do. It may also make you worried, scared or angry for them or what might happen in the future.
It might make you tired at school or college.
Writing things down can help make sense of how you feel.
As a young carer you can feel lonely caring for a parent or relative. Research shows that this can make young carers be a victim of cyberbullying.
Where to go for help and support as a young carer
- Look at the NHS guide for information on your options as a young carer.
- Find emotional support in our Emotional Wellbeing Directory.
- Contact Suffolk Family Carers – more information below.
- Speak to your Young Carer Lead or Pastoral Support at your school.
Get help and support from Suffolk Family Carers.
Suffolk Family Carers offer all young carers information and support to help make their lives better.
To find out more, visit Support for Young People page or send them a message on their website using the chat box.
They have an online space for Young Carers (5-13) and Young Adult Carers (14-25) which includes blogs, tips and information.
You can also register for their service. They provide advice, support, advocacy, catch ups, workshops and more!
“The Advisers are very friendly and give you useful advice and information that will make you feel more happy and confident when speaking to others. Plus it’s a great way to make new friends who are in the same situations as yourself. It’s a great way to have a break from home.”
Page updated on January 23rd, 2024 at 08:26pm