It can feel good to help others, but sometimes there might be things that worry you, or stress you out.

Who do you care for?

Lots of young people spend a lot of time looking after someone, such as one or both of their parents, their brother or sister. Children and young people who help look after someone with an illness or a disability are often called 'young carers'.

It can feel good to help, but sometimes it can feel too much to cope with, for lots of reasons.

Our mental health is what helps us to cope with the challenges we all face when we are growing up. This is all about our feelings and emotions, feeling good or angry, happy or sad. Our mental health doesn't always stay the same; it is affected by things around us. We all get worried or stressed at times for all sorts of reasons. Helping to care for someone might also affect our feelings sometimes. If you feel you need help or support, try talking to someone you can trust or contact one of the organisations especially set up to help young carers (see below). There are lots of people and organisations who can help you.

Our 'find help' pages for children and young people might help you to understand your feelings better and to think about what you can do about them.

Find help

If the person you care for is referred to one of our services, you will find information about what we do and what to expect on the service directory pages.

There is also a lot more help and information available:

Please help us to help you and other carers

Carers are the most valuable resource people can have. Because we recognise this, we are committed to listening and learning from you. We particularly value your feedback about the services you receive. 

We are actively looking for carers to be involved in service planning and development. If you are interested, or have comments or concerns to raise, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Films show commitment to young carers

As part of the NHS commitment to carers, young adult carers from Carers Trust Cambridgeshire were asked to be part of a film about the impact of caring on their lives.

As one of only three organisations nationwide to be involved, five young adult carers first spent the weekend planning & filming at Ipswich Town Football Club. Carers Trust Cambridgeshire then hosted the editing day at their headquarters in St Ives. The film was first shown at the NHS commitment to Carers conference held in London. Neil Churchill (Director of Patient Experience) of NHS England introduced the film at the conference which was also attended by Helena Herklots from Carers UK, Gail Scott Spicer and Moira Fraser of Carers Trust and others.

The film received its official premiere in Cambridge in February at Cambridge Arts Picture House for all the young adult carers involved. The film is the start of the work planned between NHS England & Carers Trust partners educating professionals and organisations involved in health provision. To watch the film please click here.

Another short film was also shown to support the NHS Commitment to Carers. To watch that film please click here

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The page was last updated on 28 June 2017 by Mark.Cole.

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