Toolkits and Guides for Young Carers
If you are a young person who is affected by or cares for a family member who has a chronic illness, disability, mental health or substance use issue and/or problems related to old age, these resources are for you! If you are a teacher/doctor/social worker who supports young people, or if you care about someone who is a young carer, there’s lots of good information here for you too.
To view services available to support youth who support a loved one, view our Young Carer and Young Adult Carer Resource List here. We also have a support group (click here) once a month for young carers aged 18-30.
For anything relating to young carers, write to Oliver, our Young Carers Coordinator: email@example.com.
I want activities and information for young carers and their supporters…
At this site, there are sections for young carers, their parents and caregivers, and healthcare professionals, educators and social workers.
Caregiving resources in Quebec and suggested reading/viewing…
This booklet, available in English or in French, includes a resource directory, information about the bureaucratic challenges you may face in health and social services, and suggested readings, movies, and online resources for family caregivers.
Here are some common concerns young carers face. Click on the options below for tools.
My parent has a mental illness…
My sibling has a disability, or medical complexities and diagnoses…
Holland Bloorview SibKit
Holland Bloorview hospital put together this activities and info booklet that can help understand your sibling’s diagnosis, care, and recognize all the ways you help your sibling.
I want to discuss my sibling’s disability with my family…
A Guide to Communicating with Family for Adults Who Have Siblings with Disabilities
This guide by Siblings Canada can help you navigate sensitive conversations about the future with your family members.
I want to better understand my sibling with a disability’s financial situation…
A Guide To Understanding Finances for Adults Who Have Siblings with Disabilities
This guide by Siblings Canada is for adults looking to build their awareness and understanding of financial matters related to the long-term financial security of their siblings with disabilities.
I want to better understand the specific challenge my loved one is facing…
Biblio-Santé thematic booklets
Booklets that inform health system users and caregivers about various illnesses, challenges, and situations (cancer, intellectual disability, bereavement, mental health, etc). Each booklet provides a list of organizations, a selection of relevant websites, and reading and film suggestions.
Cahiers thématiques Biblio-Santé
Cahiers qui informent les usagers du système de santé et les proches aidants sur diverses maladies, défis et situations (cancer, la déficience intellectuelle, le deuil, la santé mentale, etc.). Chaque livret propose une liste d’organisations, une sélection de sites Internet pertinents, et des suggestions de lectures et de films.
I want training on how to be there for someone through mental illness…
Jack.org Be There
This digital, self-paced learning experience is designed to increase mental health literacy and provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to safely support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health.
Ces formations en ligne ont pour but d’aider les jeunes à accompagner un-e ami-e ou un proche vivant avec un trouble de santé mentale.
Tools for Professionals
Important people in a young person’s life, like teachers, doctors, and social workers, can make a world of difference by providing support to young carers.
Important information about young carers (videos and handouts)
Proche aidance Québec (formerly RANQ) recently developed videos and a guide on young carers, all aimed at increasing awareness; the videos target the education and healthcare sectors, as well as young carers themselves. Recognizing that young carers are often the last ones to identify themselves as young carers, it is hoped that these tools will facilitate recognition and lead to young carers seeking help and support.
Click here for the other videos in this series, including ones specifically for people working in education and health care (et pour les videos en français).
Our bilingual handout on young carers in Quebec gives a basic overview of the challenges they face and examples of support in action. Click on the images below to enlarge. Please download and share!
If you’d like physical copies for your class, clinic, or community, contact Oliver: firstname.lastname@example.org.