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Young Carers Awareness Day - 31st January 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 08:30

Young Carers Awareness Day is now fast approching and will be held on Thursday 31st January 2019.  This is a country wide celebration led by the Carers Trust to enable Young Carers to step forward and take recognition for the work that they do.This is the fifth official Young Carers Awareness Day and the aim is to continue identifying young carers and raising awareness of the vital role that they play in supporting their sick and disabled family members.

 During the day and the week leading up to the event, the Young Carers Teams in Thurroc and Barking & Dagenham will be visting a number of schools who want to get involved and local areas within Barking & Dagenham and Thurrock.Every year our Young Carers leading groups promote a 'WEAR SOMETHING YELLOW DAY'. This is not only to raise money but to get people talking to raise awareness.f you would like more information about the day or would like to participate in some way, please get in touch on 020 8593 4422 and ask to speak to a member of the Young Carers Team.

 This time, the focus will be on mental health.#CareForMeToo is Carers Trust’s new campaign to raise awareness and improve the support available for young carers’ mental health and wellbeing. Being a young carer is a risk factor for children and young people’s mental health.

What we want: We want better awareness of young carers and their mental health support needs. We want the public and people who can make a difference like politicians, commissioners and service providers to pledge action to help young carers sustain good mental health.

What Young Carers told us: Young carers and young adult carers told us how the support they provide affects their mental health and wellbeing. Too often the mental health support they needed wasn’t there or their situation was made worse by people or professionals who didn’t understand their situation.

The below poster is for the Thurrock Young Carers ONLY