Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people. That’s why Young Carers Awareness Day (31 January 2019) focused on mental health. 

What young carers told us

  • Young carers and young adult carer told us how their mental health is affected by the pressures of their caring role. 
  • All too often the mental health support they needed just wasn’t there. 
  • And even when support was available, their situation was often made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand the specific difficulties and challenges faced by young people as a result of their caring role. 

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

What we want to come out of the campaign

  • We want better public awareness the mental health support needs of young carers.
  • We want the public and people who can make a difference - like politicians, commissioners and service providers - to pledge action to help young carers maintain good mental health.

How to get involved with #CareForMeToo

Check out #CareForMeToo for more information and resources to help you get involved, including our resource pack for young carers services.

Further information

For more information, please email Carers Trust Scotland.