How to cope as a young carer
Being a young carer can sometimes be overwhelming – The Mix provide tips on how to cope when you’re finding caring difficult.
Am I a young carer?
You may not see yourself as a carer; caring for a friend or family member is just a part of your life and it feels pretty normal.
But officially, you’re recognised as a young carer if you’re under 18 and looking after someone who’s sick, disabled or has mental health or addiction issues. If you’re caring for someone and you’re aged 18-25, you’re officially seen as a young adult carer.
What kind of thing do young carers do?
Caring can range from small tasks to round-the-clock care. You might be doing the shopping and housework, providing emotional support for a family friend, helping to get your sister ready for school or making sure your dad takes his medicine.
Being a young carer can be difficult
Firstly, if you’re a young or young adult carer – you’re amazing. Taking care of someone is a kind and brilliant thing to do, and it can have so many rewards. You get to help someone you love; you learn loads about looking after someone, and you can see how much your care has changed their life for the better.
But caring can also be tough, lonely and stressful. If you feel that way sometimes – that’s ok, and we’re here to help.