When you were young, did you provide care and support to family members or other loved ones living with a chronic illness, disability, mental health or substance use issue and/or problems related to old age?
If you are under 25 and provide care and support to a loved one (or did in the past), we would like to hear from you. (Older individuals who have been caregivers in their youth are also invited.)
If you know someone else who fits the definition of young carer, please share this invitation with them.
(more details below)
February 19, 6-8pm OR
February 25, 1-3pm OR
February 26, 3-5pm
At the AMI office, 5800 Decarie
We appreciate advance registration, but you are also welcome to drop by during these times without registering.
Complete this form or call 514-486-1448
Improve the future and make $20
If you are on our website, chances are you have a loved one with mental illness. It is also possible you have other young relatives. We know that mental illness is a family affair, and as such all family members are affected, including children and youth.
In Canada, there are a growing number of young people under the age of 25 (“young carers”) who are helping to provide ongoing care and support to family members or other loved ones living with a chronic illness, disability, mental health or substance use issue and/or problems related to old age.
This can compromise the caregiver’s physical, mental and social well-being, but so far very little attention has been paid to these youth in Canada, and there are no dedicated policies or services supporting their needs.
WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT!
One of the first steps is to hear from young carers themselves
If you are under 25 and provide care and support to a loved one currently or in the past, we would like to hear from you. (Older individuals who were caregivers in their youth are also invited.) We would like to hear about your experience; how it has affected your life? The choices you made? What could have helped to reduce the burden?
We will be holding focus groups that will help us to develop the next steps, as we aim to increase awareness and recognition of young carers, and influence policies and services. Each participant will receive $20 as a thank you for their participation.
And if you know someone else who fits the definition of young carer, please share it with them. Young carers are often the last ones to identify themselves as young carers!
You may also be interested in our other workshops. Click HERE for details.