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Young Carers

Young Carer Movement is on the Rise

Excerpt taken from the site

“Toiling away in silence in countless countries of the world is a veritable army of youngsters who quietly, without any fanfare, look after family members who need assistance on a daily basis. It is a labor born out of familial love, commitment and need. These youngsters – family caregivers in a very real sense – are known as ‘young carers’ in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Zambia and various other countries.  In the USA they are called ‘caregiving youth’ or ‘youth caregivers.’ But no matter what the label, or the country, research from around the world has shown these young people comprise a specific population with a unique set of needs.”

Click here for a link to the rest of the article. 

A documentary about Young Caregivers who have a parent with Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Text is taken from the Indegogo website raising money for this project.  

MUCH TOO YOUNG, is a feature-length documentary about young caregivers all dealing with a parent who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  This film will follow each of them as they cope with their life at home, caring for an ailing parent. They are all coming to terms with the fact that they are Much Too Young to face this harsh reality.
Taking care of an elderly parent is something that every child knows they will have to do at some point. But not everyone anticipates becoming a caregiver for a parent before they have a family, career or life of their own.  Most twenty-somethings are in the early stages of their careers, dating and struggling to shape their identity in the real world. Traditionally, this is a period when young people are still tied to home because they rely on their parents for advice and money. Today, more and more young adults are moving back home to help care for a parent. They have to put their own lives on hold in order to help out at home. Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent now than ever, and is starting to affect people in their fifties.  Many of these families have kids in their twenties, who are taking on significant responsibilities as young caregivers.

Statistics Canada: Young Canadians providing care

“In 2012, an estimated 1.9 million young Canadians, or 27% of the population aged 15 to 29, provided some form of care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability, or aging needs. This care was provided in the 12 months preceding the survey. Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 were equally as likely as those aged 25 to 29 to have caregiving responsibilities.” – excerpt from Statistics Canada website.  Click here for a link to the full document.

Motherhood, Mental Illness and Recovery

From the back cover:

Despite the importance of regaining social roles during recovery from mental illness, the intersection between motherhood and serious mental illness is often overlooked. This book aims to Motherhood Mental Illness and Recoveryrectify that neglect. A series of introductory chapters describing current research and services available to mothers with serious mental illness are followed by personal accounts of clients reflecting on their parenting experiences. One goal of the book is to provide clinicians with information on this seldom addressed topic, which they can then use to help patients who are struggling with questions and barriers in their attempts to parent. The inclusion of personal accounts of mothers on issues such as stigma, fears, and discrimination in the context of parenting with a mental illness is intended to promote the message of mental illness recovery to a larger audience as well. Finally, it is hoped that this handbook will help inspire more research on mothers with mental illness and the creation of more services tailored to their needs.

Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges

The Fourth International Conference on Families wth Parental Mental Health Challenges took place in Berkeley, California from April 25 – 27, 2014.  The above link will bring you to the conference brochure.

Click here for a link to the conference presentations which are now available online.

Who Cares? A video by Young Carers in the UK

Practitioners Training Resource

This short film was developed by Young Carers who attend Time Out Young Carers Project in Loughborough. It raises awareness of the issues and experiences young carers have faced and it is told in their own words.

The content supports young people, teachers and other practitioners to be aware of the challenges young carers face, to gauge an understanding towards the needs of this group and to prompt discussion on how they can be better supported.

For more information click here for a link to The Jitty website.

Who Cares? from The Jitty on Vimeo.