#careformetoo - Young Carers Awareness Day

#careformetoo - Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day - a day that raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them….

For 2020 their theme is #careformetoo - something which has always been at the heart of the Centre for Integral Health.

More often than not those caring for others set aside their own needs and do not think about the consequences.

Caring for someone can be:

  • Isolating

  • Worrying

  • Stressful

  • Tiring

And for young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education and have a lasting effect on their life chances.

Everyday across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age.

Carers Trust carried out a survey, with the support of YouGov, of young carers across the UK, which highlighted how many young carers find their role stressful, and how they believe they have no-one to talk to about stress and worry they experience.

 

We want young carers, and all carers, to be aware of the approaches that are available to help with stress and worry.

 

From counselling to meditation and yoga, there are a variety of ways to discuss any worries and give mind and body time away from the caring role, to think about themselves and what they need.

There are many studies that show that introducing children to mindfulness has great benefits - meditation can not only de-stress but also bolster feelings of security, empathy and inner stability, which would be a great thing for young carers.

 

Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people and a chat with a counsellor can be all they need to work things out and be reassured.

 

Encouraging awareness of what is out there that can assist carers - both young and old - is part of what we are doing to spread the #careformetoo theme, and if you are a young carer looking for some advice please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact page

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The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

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