Young Carers Awareness Day 2019
Monday 28th January 2019
Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
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1 in 5 secondary school pupils care for a family member. It can be lonely and stressful and lead to mental health problems.
That’s why this year, on 31 January 2019, the focus for Young Carer Awareness Day is on the theme of mental health.
Working with Schools
Carer Support Wiltshire are working with the Children’s Society and the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme to improve identification and the support of young carers. For Young Carers Awareness Day they will be out and about raising awareness at John of Gaunt School and Salisbury College.
More information about the events Carer Support Wiltshire are running can be found here: https://carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/news/young-carer-awareness-day-2019/
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Carers Trust have produced activities for use in schools to help raise awareness of Young Carers Awareness Day 2019. Visit their website for lesson activities, information about young carers and a quiz.
Mental Health Workshop
Carer Support Wiltshire will be running a Mental Health Workshop for some of the young people they support with Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Daran Bailey. The workshop will help them to understand mental health issues, and will include coping strategies and information on how to protect their mental health and how to ask for help.
Young carers can check out our Info Zone for help on dealing with anxiety and stress .
Young adult carers can find advice and support on YACbook including how to look after their mental health.
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The #CareForMeToo campaign
A lack of understanding and awareness of the impact of caring on a young person’s mental health means that too often support for mental health isn’t available. Carer Support Wiltshire support #CareForMeToo, a Carers Trust campaign that aims to raise awareness about mental health and improve support for young carers.
If you are on social media, why not post a photo of yourself with a piece of paper saying I’m supporting the #CareForMeToo campaign for young carers”?
Find out more about the #CareForMeToo campaign.
Check out our Young Carer website for more information: https://carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/young-carers/
More about supporting young carers here