Continuing on from part 1 where we introduced the theme of this year’s ‘YCAD’. These blogs have been written by YACtion, the GYC young adult carers forum.
What support do you need to help you with your mental health and wellbeing?
YACtion: As a carer, we often hide our struggles to protect others and not upset our family. We put on a brave face but bottling things up means we can end up exploding! To stop this happening, these things help us the most:
- We need to have a break and those around us to understand how important this is – it’s not good to be at home 24/7.
- Days out and fun activities make a huge difference. I feel happy after doing something fun and more motivated.
- Having someone to talk to regularly.
- 1:1 pastoral support in school/college. A designated person who understand what’s going on and you don’t need to constantly explain your family.
- To access advice easily and quickly.
- Opportunity to spend time with other young carers–when I’m with my YACtion friends I don’t need to explain myself.
- Need to be listened to. Especially when it comes to the person I care for, even if they’re an adult we can help as know them better than anyone.
- More investment in support.
GYC have really helped us and we know that through the YAC service there is always someone to help us when we are struggling. There’s even a facebook group for carers aged 16 – 24 and we can message Jess (YAC worker) if we need advice or help with anything. The trips and groups they run make a huge difference!
Please share this on social media with #AwareTheyCare and link to Gloucestershire Young Carers.
Part 3 to follow…