Health for Young Carers

Good morning, everyone. My name is Frankie, and today I want to talk about
something that’s very close to my heart – the impact of being a young carer on
health. Imagine waking up every day with a long list of responsibilities, knowing that
before you even get to school, you have to help take care of a family member.
This is the reality for many young carers, including myself. While being a carer
can be incredibly rewarding, it also comes with a heavy burden, one that can
significantly affect our health.

My Challenges of Being a Young Carer

Now, let’s discuss mental health. The emotional strain of being a young carer
can be overwhelming. We constantly worry about the well-being of our loved
ones, and this anxiety can be all-consuming. It’s hard to focus on schoolwork or
enjoy time with friends when your mind is always preoccupied with thoughts
of home. This chronic stress can lead to issues like depression and anxiety.

Then there’s the issue of sleep. Many young carers, including myself, struggle
with getting enough sleep. We stay up late to finish homework or to keep an
eye on the person we care for. This lack of sleep doesn’t just make us tired; it
affects our ability to concentrate in class, lowers our immune system, and
makes us more susceptible to illnesses.

Social isolation is another significant factor. Being a young carer often means
missing out on social activities and opportunities to connect with peers. This
can leave us feeling lonely and disconnected, which further impacts our mental health.


The Importance of Self-Care and Seeking Help for Young Carers

Families and communities also play a vital role. By recognising the
contributions of young carers and offering practical support, such as respite
care or counselling services, to lift the stress off their shoulders. It’s essential to let young carers know that it’s okay to ask for help and that they are not

A report from the Young Carers Trust shows that you’re not alone in feeling this way. It says, “Sometimes, I feel so tired and stressed from looking after my mum that I can’t concentrate at school. I want to do well, but my health suffers, and I feel exhausted all the time.”

To all the young carers out there, remember that your health matters. It’s easy to get lost in your responsibilities and forget about self-care. But you can’t pour from an empty cup. Make sure to prioritise your well-being, seek support, and don’t be afraid to take breaks when you need them.

If you’re struggling, Bridgit Young Carers Support is an amazing online platform
that offers resources specifically for young carers in the UK. They can help you
manage your responsibilities and connect you with others who understand.