01-05-2019 01:26 PM
Taking on the role of caring for someone with mental health challenges is no easy feat, as mental health differs to physical health, sometimes it can take time to become aware that we are mental health carers in the first place. It can be very emotionally and physically demanding, as well as at times a rewarding experience. One of the really tricky elements of this task is understanding your identity as a carer, as well as supports that may be available to you.
Join us here on Tuesday the 21st of May as one of our Youth Peer Ambassador's (Carer) talks to the community about the challenges of defining our caring role, with a particular emphasis on young carer's. We welcome people from all walks of life to attend this event, and look forward to seeing you here
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21-05-2019 07:02 PM
Tonight we will be working through the notion around identifying our role as carer’s, with a particular emphasis on the journey of young carers
Today we are lucky enough to have one of our Youth Peer Ambassador’s, @Tim_YPA ! Tim is a young carer and has a great deal of insight from both a lived experience perspective and a research lens. Whilst everyone settles in, I will get Tim to introduce himself and share a little about his experience...
21-05-2019 07:05 PM
Hi Everyone, it’s so great to e-meet you all, and to be part of this discussion. A little bit about me, I am currently doing a PhD in privacy and digital mental health technologies. I also teach and research on the side as well. Outside of work, I love to bake, and also run - which balance each other out perfectly!
I also get the wonderful chance to work with SANE as a Peer Ambassador. My experience and the reasons I was asked to join this forum is that I have been a carer and supporter for my mum for a long time, as she's lived and gone on the recovery journey with a complex mental illness. Over the years this journey has been bumpy and challenging for both of us, and I'm really keen to support other young carers who are also on this journey. Throughout my experience, I've faced the challenge of accepting the identity of being a carer, juggling caring, school, work, social stuff…and also LIFE!
I'm really looking forward to tonight's discussion
21-05-2019 07:11 PM
Welcome @Shaz51 Woohoo.
21-05-2019 07:12 PM
21-05-2019 07:15 PM
That is okay @outlander no problem at all We're very glad you're here regardless. I am sure you have heaps of insight into this one.
21-05-2019 07:19 PM
As someone who is new to being a young carer, I'm really looking forward to hear your perspective and insight @Tim_YPA
21-05-2019 07:20 PM
Hey @Tictac thanks so much for joining! We're looking forward to your insight too
21-05-2019 07:20 PM
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