Not sure if you’re a young career? Then read on to find out!
Who are young carers?
Young carers are young people who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental illness or who has a drug or alcohol problem.
What’s it like to be a young carer?
Many young carers tell us that caring can be a great thing to do, they’re proud of who they are and what they do and that they’ve built a whole lot of useful skills. Sometimes though, young carers say that caring can affect how they feel, how much time they get to spend with friends, doing schoolwork or holding down a job, and often they need some help.
Taking care of yourself
If you’re caring for someone else it’s also important to take care of yourself. Get some support and talk to someone you trust. Keeping your worries and concerns to yourself and not telling anyone can often make things worse. Think about who you might be able to talk to like a caseworker, family member, friend, school counsellor, or doctor
Learn more about the condition of the person you care for
Finding out more about the illness or condition your family member has often makes it less scary because you understand it better and what the person might be experiencing. Get the doctor or counsellor to give you information or tell you about good websites with accurate information.
Express your feelings
It sometimes helps to write things down in a journal that are concerning you. It is also good to find other ways of expressing yourself through art, music or just hanging out with friends. Going for walks and swims or bike riding can help to clear your head.
Eat, sleep and exercise
Often when people are looking after others they forget to look after themselves. Look after your own health by eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.
Avoid drugs and Alcohol
It is sometimes tempting to use drugs or alcohol to get through difficult times. The trouble is that often they make things even more difficult later. If you or someone else is concerned that you’re using too much drugs or alcohol, talk about it with someone.
Don’t take it all on
It is important not to try and do everything yourself. Don?t be afraid to reach out to other people if things are getting difficult or you need a hand. (Information from Who cares We do.” Carers Australia ( Supporting Young Carers Project, funded by Australian Government, Department of Family & Community Services).
If you relate to this in any way, or you would like to find out more, then speak with our young carer coordinator. They are available every last Thursday of the month from 2pm-5pm at ycentral. to book an appointment, come in and speak with reception or call 4304-7870
- NSW Carers Program– Young Carers Project
- COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness)
- Carers Programs, National Carers Australia
If you are feeling suicidal it is very important to seek immediate help, preferably by a mental health practitioner.
Kids Helpline ph: 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline Australia ph: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line ph: 1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)