If you have a close relationship with a friend or a family member who is living with a mental health or addiction problem, and you’re under 25, you are a young carer. Discover what makes young people like you so special, Ontario’s young carers.
Things young carers do
Young carers often have special roles in their families. Young carers offer emotional support when it is needed and often help to keep relationships intact.
Other things young carers might do:
- Just be there to talk to
- Put their own stuff on hold to care for someone else
- Take on roles that are usually reserved for parents
- Be the strong one
- Try to make sure their loved one doesn’t use drugs
- Create a safe place for the family member who is ill
- Keep calm, even when emotions are running high
- Try to get help for the family
The new Youth Wellness Hub in Cornwall is a one-stop shop that offers youth between the ages of 12 and 25 a place to receive judgement-free health, wellness and social services from trained professionals. Designed by youth, for youth. No appointment or OHIP card is required to access help or support services.
Youth Wellness Hub
212 Pitt Street
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Click through our helpful links to find information for caregivers like you.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to get involved in community projects and are 12 to 25 years old, ask us about our local Youth Advisory Committee.
Want to understand more about your brother or sister’s illness. This may help.
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Carer’s Hub is loaded with content that can help family understand how to help and how to cope when a loved one is living with a serious mental illness.
It can be hard for a parent or even a close friend to tell if a young person needs help for a mood problem. Dr. Goldbloom offers families advice on when and how to get help.
Tune in to this song about growing up as a young carer, by Charlotte Rose!
Check out this rap song by Tricky P, shining a light on the life of a young carer (based on his personal experience).
Young carers talk about having mental illness in their families.
Canadian kids whose parents have mental illness.
Highlights from the recent Young Carers Forum.
Virtual Hope Box is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (developed initially to support military service members). Its four main sections are distraction, inspiration, relaxation, and coping skills.
Improving the experience of family caregivers in the addiction and mental health system across Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne, Ontario.