If you are spending a lot of time looking after a family member or doing chores around the house, it is important that you tell someone. Speak to a teacher at school, a social worker, a doctor or a family friend. They will be able to help you and your family.
The AYCES (Action for Young Carers: Education & Support) project is a partnership between South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Carers Support Merton, Sutton Carers Centre, St Mark's Family Centre and The Riverside Community Centre.
AYCES works across the boroughs of Sutton and Merton to identify and support young carers affected by parental substance misuse or mental illness. If you are under the age of 25 and have a relative who is affected by mental health or substance misuse problems, or you would like to get in touch for more information or to refer your child for support please contact: Young Carers Leads at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust:
Ana-Maria.Corredor@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk Mob. 07718 637059
Mary.Goodwin@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk Mob. 07773 952445
If you are a parent experiencing mental health or substance misuse difficulties and would like some guidance on how to talk to your children about this or how to look after yourself please see this document.
You are not alone; there are many other parents in a similar situation to you and there is plenty of support available for you and your children.
Children and Young People
If you are spending a lot of time looking after a family member or doing chores around the house, it is important that you tell someone. Even if it seems like you are only worrying about your relative and not really looking after them, you can receive help. Worrying like this is called emotional caring. Other types of caring include tasks like cooking, cleaning, looking after younger siblings and helping someone to take their medication correctly. Speak to a teacher at school, a social worker, a doctor or a family friend. They will be able to help you and your family. You can also contact a Young Carers service directly yourself to talk to them about your situation. Please see the contact details for these below.
There are lots of ways in which you can get help with caring. Click on the links below for more information. In an emergency you can dial 999 and ask the operator for help.
Babble: an online community where young carers under 18 can find others in a similar position, chat, have fun, share experiences and access information and support online from an expert team.
Matter: an online community for young carers aged 16 to 25
Sutton Carers Centre, Young Carers Service 0208 296 5611
Carers Support Merton Young Carers Service 0208 646 7515
Wandsworth Young Carers Project 0207 228 2566
Kingston Carers Network, Young Carers Project 020 3031 2754
Richmond Carers Centre, Young Carers Service 020 8867 2383
NHS Information on Young Carers: information about your rights, health and who can help.
Caring Around the Clock campaign: a booklet produced by The Royal College of Psychiatrists with advice for young carers.
Young Carers Initiative: can help you get help with caring and offers support and information. It also arranges evening clubs, fun days out and holidays for young carers.
Some links to information about adult mental health for young people:
11 to 14 year olds - Need to Know
8 to 10 year olds - It's About You Too!
Older children, teens - Mind, myths and me