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A young carer is someone under 18 and a Young adult carer is aged 16 to 25.
They help support and look after someone in their family, or a friend, who are ill, have a disability, mental health or substance misuse.
Many young people don't recognise themselves as carers.
Here are two videos highlighting what it is like to be a carer, please take a few minutes to watch
You might feel as if you’re the only young person that this happens to, you are not. There are lots of other young carers in the UK, and there are groups that can help you.
As a young carer, you may miss out on opportunities to play and spend time with your friends and classmates. You may feel isolated from your friends because:
Being a young carer can make you stand out from other people, or you may find that you don't get included in certain activities.
It's important to get the help you need so that you have time to do the things you want to do and be with your friends.
In Dorset young people care find support with their mental health with Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis we have updated ThinkNinja with specific COVID-19 content. This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
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