Different caring situations
As young adult carers, you have a lot of shared concerns, many of which we can help with.
But everyone’s caring situation is different. You may be part of a community which means caring can bring addtional challenges. And the condition of the person you’re caring for will affect your caring role to some extent. But we have help and support available.
Young adult carers look after people with a whole host of conditions and illnesses. Some of the more common situations are:
- caring for someone with mental health issues, maybe a parent or sibling
- caring for someone with autism, like a brother or sister
- caring for someone with substance/alcohol problems, often a parent
- caring for someone with dementia, which could be a parent or grand-parent
Take a look at the pages above to find out about our particular support and information for carers looking after someone with these conditions.
My brother’s actions can sometimes cause me not to be able to talk to my friends or hang out with them. I can’t just call up my friends like a normal teenager and ask them to come over, I have to plan ahead so that my brother isn’t nervously ticking or getting anxious about them coming round. It can cause me not to have a social life as all my friends get pushed away by him.
If you’re part of a particular community or group, you may have particular challenges or concerns as young adult carers. As well as our general support, we have information specifically for the following: