Guest blogger Holly Dodd has some advice for young carers:
Young carers are an under-represented group in society as many people don’t understand what they go through on a daily basis. They often have to take on the tasks of caring for a family member or loved one with a disability or illness. This means that they are putting their own mental and physical health at risk. It’s important that young carers know who to turn to in order to get help and support with their situation. They often must take on this responsibility because no one else is willing or able to do it.
It can be really hard for a young carer to tell someone, and it can feel even harder to find a trusted person they can talk to and rely on. But it’s important for young carers to reach out because otherwise, they might feel like the pressure is on them all the time.
Talking and sharing their feelings with others is one of the best ways to cope with life’s challenges. This is especially important because they’re often dealing with things that are outside their experience or understanding. They need to be able to talk about their feelings in order to find ways to cope with those challenges.
School can be a great distraction for young carers to help them forget about what’s happening at home for a while. It’s also a good place to learn skills that will help them later in life – like how to manage their time, how to socialise with friends and peers, and how to handle difficult situations with adults.
According to studies, people with education are more likely to have better mental health, greater resilience, and superior economic stability. Numerous support services designed to alleviate the stress and anxiety of young caregivers are frequently offered by schools. Instructors may, for example, give extra time and assets to help understudies with their close-to-home and advancing necessities.
The reason why having resources available for young carers is important is that it can help them maintain positive mental welfare and be able to cope with their responsibilities. Young carers deserve to be able to have their mental health needs met. They have a right to feel supported and cared for, just like everyone else. It’s important that they know where they can go if they need help or support.
There are many charities and associations willing to help and give guidance to young carers struggling to maintain their psychological health as well as their physical health.
It’s important to remember that young carers are going through a lot in their lives. They have to deal with the stress of caring for someone else and make sure they don’t miss out on school or social events. Their mental health can be affected by this, but there are many different ways they can help themselves stay mentally healthy.
Despite their inspiring commitment to helping those in need, carrying such a heavy load at such a young age can be overwhelming. Those young caregivers who have access to these resources can rest assured that they have a strong support system as they progress through life.