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Supporting young carers

Written by: Rowena Jacobs, Media Team Leader, Pain Concern

Published: 23/09/2014

Pain Concern is working to support unpaid carers of people who experience chronic pain.

Pain Concern’s Carer Community Forum brings young people who have a family member or friend with chronic pain, a vital resource for information, support and companionship. The forum provides an online space where young people can discuss, keep in touch with each other and share their experiences of coping with illness in the family.

Using this forum, young adults can also post questions or concerns to a panel of experts, including family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, representatives from the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living and other young carers; all of whom have been brought together by Pain Concern to offer specialist advice to members of our forum.

The Carer Community Forum is part of Pain Concern’s Young Adult Carers Project, funded by Edinburgh City Council, which aims to raise better understanding of the problems and challenges faced by young adults who provide care for family and friends with chronic pain. Alongside the Forum, a magazine article, looking at some of the emotions that can be experienced by young carers, features in issue 59 of Pain Matters, Pain Concern’s quarterly magazine. As part of Pain Concern’s Airing Pain radio show, two programmes were broadcast in June and July this year, in which Pain Concern speaks to young carers, families and professionals and are available as podcasts on the Pain Concern website.

Ultimately, the Carer Community Forum hopes to offer young carers essential support, improving their quality of life and the lives of those they care for.

If you’re not sure about help and financial support available to you, want to enquire about emotional challenges you face and how to deal with them, please follow the link to ask your questions and get involved in the Pain Concern Carer Community.

Carer Community Forum: https://healthunlocked.com/painconcern-carer

Website: http://painconcern.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/painconcern

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PainConcern

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