If you know someone who suffers from a mental health problem this is not uncommon or abnormal. A mental health problem will affect how people think and feel. One minute they might be happy, the next minute sad. But, like any other illness it can be treated with expert help. There are many kinds of mental health problems, like anxiety, depression, stress or schizophrenia.
Hannah cares for her father who has severe depression. She explains how she copes with the responsibility of running the household and helps her father to stay positive. This video was produced by Coventry Young Carers.
Sometimes just talking to other young carers can be useful and a weight of your mind. That’s why we offer a messageboard where other young carers are free to talk with each other. You can also receive confidential help and advice from our online youth workers, who run chat sessions four times a week which are fun, supportive and popular. If you have any other questions we also have an agony aunts’ page.
When Alex was 15 his mum who was always happy and positive, started to become anxious and depressed. As Alex’s parents are not together he found himself having to look after his mum everyday before and after school. Sometimes he missed school because he was scared to leave her alone. Looking after his mother was not easy and affected his own life. Fortunately, YCNet offers help and support to anyone who finds themselves caring for someone with a mental health problem, illness or disorder.
If you look after a parent or relative with mental health problems YCNet are here to offer you online support. All you have to do is become a member. It is easy and quick to join! Why not fill out our online registration form and become a member today?