Simon was referred to the YCP when he was 15 years old and was finding it difficult to cope with his dad’s Bi-Polar Affective Disorder. His condition has a very rapid cycle which results in Simon’s dad being extremely hyperactive, productive and energetic at times, closely followed by periods when he feels intensely low and unmotivated.

Simon felt a lot of pressure on himself because of this erratic behaviour and described how his caring responsibilities ate into his time and had a big impact on his ability to study, especially with exams coming up. In particular, Simon explained that “I get stressed out a lot and have no-one to talk to in full confidence”.

Since getting involved with the YCP, Simon has met regularly with his Keyworker giving him an opportunity to talk about his feelings and the pressure he is under at home. The focus of this support is reviewed every 3 months, and a new assessment tool identifies the ongoing impact of caring on Simon’s life. Through the 1:1 sessions, Simon is also working towards a Silver Youth Achievement Award that recognises what he has done both with and outwith the YCP.

In addition to 1:1 support, Simon has been able to access groups and other activities. This included the first ever Scottish Young Carers Festival, where Simon was able to take part in questioning MSPs and other decision makers about legislation affecting young carers. Through the YCP, Simon had also accessed a national initiative with the Mental Health Foundation which enables him to share his experience of caring for a parent suffering from mental illness.

Simon feels that the YCP has benefited him greatly over the past year, and commented recently that “the YCP has been a valuable support facility and everyone is helpful and understanding during difficult times”.

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Young Carers Project, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HB

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