When finding help and support for yourself as a carer, a young carer is regarded as someone 25 years and under who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member with an illness, disability or chronic condition.
Caring for someone in your family can be a very positive thing to do. It can also be physically and emotionally demanding. For young people, caring for a family member can impact on education, relationships and employment. Information, support and services are available specifically for young carers.
Support for young carers
Raw Energy is a young carer support program for the eastern and southern metro regions of Adelaide. It is provided by Carer Support. Phone 8379 5777 for more information.
A young carer support program provided by:
Carers SACarers SA
provides services to young carers in the western metro, Eyre region, River Murray and Mallee, northern country and south east regions. Phone Carers SA on 8291 5600 or toll free 1800 242 636.
Respite for young carers
Respite allows you to take time out for yourself. Respite will be tailored to your needs, such as having a care worker in the home for a while to give you a break.
It may also include home maintenance, cleaning, washing, group activities out of the home, camps with other young carers, home tutoring to help you keep up in school, transport and case management.
Other websitesBeing a young carer - Reach Out
Information for young carers - Young Carers Australia
Children of Mentally Ill Consumers (COMIC)
Young people caring for someone with dementia - Better Health Channel