Date Revised:

Young carers may look after a parent with mental health problems.  They may also struggle with their own mental health because of their caring responsibilities.

Caring for a parent with mental health problems

Around a third of young carers care for someone with a mental health condition. Many young people who care for someone with a mental health problem go identified and unsupported. Identifying these young carers may be more difficult because the illness is less visible.

Find out more about young carers and parental mental ill-health on our professionals website. 

Looking after young carers' mental health

Children and young people’s mental health can be affected by their caring role. 

Find support online

If you are a  young carer, or a young adult carer, you can find support on our online communities. 

  • If you are under 18 visit Babble.
  • If you are 16 to 25 visit Matter.

Invisible and in distress: prioritising the mental health of England's young carers report

Becoming a carer can be daunting at any point in a person’s life. Caring can take its toll on health and wellbeing. For young carers coming to terms with caring responsibilities whilst navigating growing up and all that the modern world throws at them can be overwhelming.

This report draws together what is known about the mental health of young carers. More than that it is informed by the lived experience of young carers. Their voice should be heard and it should shape the response of policy makers, budget holders and service providers.

Invisible and in distress: prioritising the mental health of England's young carers 

The mental health of young carers and young adult carers

Children and young people’s mental health can be affected by their caring role, whether the condition of the person they care is related to physical health, mental health, an addiction or frailty in old age. 

Find out more about the mental health of young carers and young adult carers on our professionals website.