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

Introduction to the #CareForMeToo campaign

Young boy and girl reading

#CareForMeToo is a 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. 

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:
#CareForMeToo.

What we've achieved so far

Young carers and services that support them across the UK said #CareForMeToo for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019, securing commitment to change from those that can make a difference.

Find out more about what we acheived for Young Carers Awareness day 2019 (PDF, 193KB).  

What you can do to support the #CareForMeTooCampaign

If you’re a Network Partner or other young carers’ service:

Have your voices heard

We want you, and the young people you work with, to speak up, share young carers’ stories and encourage local decision makers to improve support for young carers’ mental health in your local area.

Get in touch with our Policy team for more information and advice and to receive resources that can help you raise awareness and improve support for young carers’ mental health in your area.

Engage with new mental health support in education settings

New Education Mental Health Practitioners will be working in a select number of schools and colleges in a number of Trailblazer sites across England from January 2020.

Carers Trust has developed a guide for young carers services to support them to engage with the rollout, and ensure that these new measures provide the best possible support to young carers. 

Get in touch with our Policy team to find out more and receive a copy of the guide.

If you’re a politician, commissioner or service provider:

Get in touch with your nearest Carers Trust Network Partner

Many Carers Trust Network Partners work with young carers and young adult carers and know about the challenges they experience around their mental health.

Contact our Policy team and we can put you in touch with an appropriate contact at your local service.

Take a pledge of action for young carers’ mental health

Make a pledge to take action in support of young carers’ mental health.

Have a look at our suggested pledges you might want to take and share your commitment to young carers’ mental health on social media using the hashtag #CareForMeToo.

Further information on #CareForMeToo and young carers’ mental health

Contact our Young Carers and Young Adult Carers team.

If you’re a young carer or young adult carer, see our information on young carers and mental health.