What is it like being a young adult carer?
“Being a young adult carer you don’t really have time to think about yourself. Your focus is on the person you care for and your mental health gets put to the side. You have to be strong for the both of you”
“As a young adult carer I’d like people to know that not every carer is the same and each will have different responsibilities and different degrees of caring. We are all just trying to live our life to the best of our ability whilst having caring responsibilities. We are not defined by our caring role but that’s not to say we are ashamed of them”
“Being a young adult carer isn’t always spending 24/7 looking after someone and can range from doing small jobs around the house to helping someone with all of their everyday activities e.g. helping them get dressed and to go to the toilet”
“Being a young adult carer can be emotionally and physically exhausting. It’s hard not to worry and sometimes you just have to drop everything there and then”
“Sometimes it is difficult to get a good nights’ sleep due to worrying or being woken up by the people you care for because they are not well”
“It is hard to explain what’s going on most of the time”
Things you may find useful
The Young Adult Carers group at Carers Leeds provides one-to-one support for young adult carers between the ages of 16-25 as well as a monthly support groupCarers Leeds
Are you a parent or carer?
If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.