1 in 3 young carers needs help
HUNDREDS of thousands of young carers are so overwhelmed by their responsibilities their mental health is suffering, a charity warns.
About 800,000 youngsters aged 11 to 18 in England care for parents or siblings with medical problems.
Just under 250,000 of them are stressed while 240,000 are constantly worried.
Over a third (37 per cent) said they were experiencing widespread problems with their mental wellbeing.
The findings are revealed in a hard-hitting report, published today by Carers Trust to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.
Charity boss Giles Meyer, said: “Right across Britain today hundreds of thousands of young people are having to care for family members with complex needs.
“These challenging responsibilities are affecting the mental wellbeing of young carers, many of whom juggle complex challenges and pressures every day.
“It’s hardly surprising that so many of the young carers we speak to are crying out for help.” Only 44 per cent said they felt they got enough help with their emotions, the survey of 1,080 carers aged between 11 and 18 found.
More than one in five (22 per cent) of those who had negative feelings about caring said they did not speak to anyone about their feelings.
Carers Trust wants to see health and social care professionals
trained to be more aware of young carers’ needs.
It said statutory agencies from health, social care and education sectors should also receive funding so they can support young carers.
And it called for the Government’s Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision green paper to be put into effect in England. Children’s
services face a £3.1billion funding gap by 2025, warned Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the Local Government Association’s children and young people board.
“Every young carer has a right to an assessment to find out if they need additional support, and councils will do all they can to provide this support where needs are identified,” she said.