Family Action

Durham Young Carers Therapeutic Support

To support the mental health and wellbeing of young carers in County Durham, reducing the long-term negative impact of caring for a loved one and enabling them to have happier, healthier childhoods.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018


Registered Charity in England and Wales (264713)

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Providing care for an unwell or disabled parent, sibling or other relative is known to have damaging effects on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. In research by Carers Trust, 38% of young carers surveyed reported having a mental health problem (2013). Despite this, there is little support available, with long waiting lists for young people’s mental health services and restrictive criteria leaving young carers unable to access the support they need.


The project will provide bespoke therapeutic emotional support for children and young people accessing the Durham Young Carers service, giving them the chance to explore the emotions and frustrations that come with their caring role. As well as supporting them to deal with issues they face in the present, this support can help them build the tools and resilience to cope with issues that may arise in the future and to protect their mental health on an ongoing basis.