1. Who can help me when I have problems?
If you’d like to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, about your caring role, or even to find out what support and services are available to you as a young carer, you can call the Young Carer Team on (02) 9280 4744 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm). We can also organise ongoing support for you through our face-to-face or telephone counselling service.
If you’re feeling really down and want to speak with someone right away then don’t hesitate to call Lifeline on 131 114 for the cost of a local call (calls from mobile phones are charged at usual rates). There are also many other organisations that can help when you have problems. The ReachOut website is great as it has lots of information about all sorts of issues such as drugs and alcohol, safety and violence, depression and family difficulties.
If you look at the click or call section on this website you’ll find
lots of website addresses and phone numbers for organisations that can help you when you’re feeling down, or want more information about an issue you’re struggling with. You can also link in with some local support in your region, check out the support by region section for the contact details of your local headspace or youth centre.
2. I want to move out of home but my mum relies on me so much. What do I do?
It’s a challenging (and exciting) time when we finish school and start to think about living a more independent life. Deciding when to move out of home is tricky for all young people and especially for young adult carers. You may feel obliged to stay at home because the person you care for needs you. It is important that we all feel we have choices. The person you care for may need more support – you can call Carers NSW on 1800 242 636 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) to find out what support is available for you.