Improved support for young carers mental health between the ages 11 to 15 years

Organisation : Edinburgh Young Carers Project - EYCP
Grant Amount : £ 20,000

Getting it Right for Young Carers identified ‘Caring can have a significant and detrimental impact on young carers’ physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing, and a lasting effect on their development.’ Also, Young Carers attending the Scottish Young Carers Festival highlighted the need for improved help in understanding and dealing with mental health issues. On reaching adolescence for many young carers this can be a trigger for developing serious mental ill health that is often linked to their caring role. We seek to carry out research to increase our understanding of these triggers and to review the support we currently provide and look at how we can make this better.  This is likely to involve using the expertise and developing partnerships with specialist counselling organisations, GPs, mental health organisations and CAMHS.