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More than a third of young carers struggle with their mental health 03 Feb 2019 18:08 #13660

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More than a third of young carers are experiencing widespread problems with their mental wellbeing, survey shows.

New research reveals that over one third of young people aged 11-18 in Great Britain who give up time to care for someone they live with are experiencing widespread problems with their mental wellbeing.

The YouGov survey, published today (31st January), was commissioned by the UK charity, Carers Trust, to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.

Of the young carers responding to the survey, 37% said they felt ‘stressed’ while 32% said they felt ‘worried’ because of caring for someone. And 50% of those who reported stress said they ‘often’ felt that way.

The study also found that almost a quarter (23%) of young carers felt their caring role had, on at least one occasion, stopped them making friends, and less than half (44%) felt they got enough help with their emotions and feelings.

The research also suggests that too many young carers are not getting the right support to address their negative feelings.

22% of young carers responding to the survey, who had negative feelings about caring, said they did not speak to anyone about their feelings. And just 6% said they would speak to a professional working in mental health services.

welfareweekly.com/more-than-a-third-of-young-carers-struggle-with-their-mental-health/
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