Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people. #CareForMeToo is a new Carers Trust campaign that aims to raise awareness about mental health and improve support for young carers.

This year, for Young Carers Awareness Day on 31 January 2019, we focused on the theme of mental health – linking in with our #CareForMeToo campaign. Find out more about Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

Introduction to the #CareForMeToo campaign

Young boy and girl reading

#CareForMeToo is a new Carers Trust’s campaign that 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. 

What do we want to come out of the #CareForMeToo campaign? 

We want the public and people who can make a difference - like politicians, commissioners and service providers - to pledge clear action to help young carers develop and maintain good mental health.

Why do young carers need better support for their mental health?

We have spoken extensively with young carers and young adult carers about their mental health. 

They told us how their mental health is affected by the lack of support. 

Too often the type of mental health support they needed just wasn’t there. Even when support was available, all too often their situation was made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand what a caring role means for young people and how it can lead to problems with mental health.

The message from these young carers to people in a position to make a difference is simple:

What you can do to support the #CareForMeTooCampaign

Find out how to support the #CareForMeTooCampaign if you:

  • Provide a service for young carers or young adult carers.
  • Are a Carers Trust Network Partner.
  • Are a  politician, commissioner or service provider.

Find out more.