Young carers and mental health

If you are a young carer and would like information and support about looking after your mental health, find where to go for support. 

Young carers – looking after your mental health

Your local carers service

Local services for young carers and young adult carers should be able to direct you towards local sources of mental health support.

Other sources of support

You can also:

  • Check out this blog on The Mix’s website about how to cope as a young carer.
  • Find out more about the help available on the Young Minds website.
  • Access free online help and counselling is directly from Kooth

Information for professionals working with 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 for is related to physical health, mental health, an addiction or frailty in old age.

Evidence suggests that young carer and young adult carers have worse mental health than their peers. For example, the 2017 GP Patient Survey found that 39% of young adult carers reported experience of anxiety or depression compared with 28% of young people without a caring responsibility.

Date revised: 07/11/2019