Young carers (supporting a loved one)

Young Carers (supporting a loved one) - a guide for young people

Many young people provide care for another person. As a young carer you may feel you are missing out on other opportunities as you spend so much time and energy caring for family members who are disabled, chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs.

Some young carers suffer from anxiety and exhaustion because of the pressures of taking on adult responsibilities. But remember you are not alone – there are about 700,000 young carers across the country.

As a young carer you might help with:

  • practical tasks like cooking, housework and shopping
  • physical tasks, like getting out of bed and personal care, such as helping someone get washed or dressed
  • giving medicine
  • looking after brothers and sisters

Sometimes young carers can face extra pressures and struggle to look after themselves, because of the responsibility of being a carer, but it is important to take the time to look after your own well-being.

Below are some tools and organisations for further information and support to help you care for yourself.

Top tips

Supporting someone with a mental illness.

This guide is to help make sense of caring for someone with a mental illness. Do you care for someone who has a mental illness? Is it all quite new to you?  This leaflet is to help you make sense of things and to get the help you need. The Children’s Society have also asked other young carers about their own experiences, what helped them and, perhaps, you.

If you want help and advice click onto the following website from The Children’s Society.


  • have contacts and a database of young carers projects across England
  • organise training events and regional conferences
  • organise the annual Young Carers Festival
  • have online resources for practitioners to identify and support young carers and their families
  • enable young carers to have their voices heard through es/YCIF online safe social network for young carers
  • support children and young people to have their voices heard within Parliament and present to Ministers
  • support over 200 young carer ‘Champions’ to communicate and share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them in the Young Carers in Focus.

Sussex Partnership is aware of these outside organisations for additional help and support. These are not connected with Sussex Partnership and there is no guarantee that you will receive any benefit from these.