Young carers are people up to 25 years of age who care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
More than 300,000 of Australia's carers are young carers, with 150,000 under 18.* The person they care for may be a parent, partner, sibling, their own child, relative or friend.
Many young carers emphasise that caring is a positive experience. However, research clearly indicates that, when inadequately supported, their own health, mental health and wellbeing can be seriously affected.
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For information on young carers and services and support for young carers, visit our young carers website.
Are you a young carer who needs to talk? Call 1800 242 636.
*ABS 2009, SDAC report