The Carers Trust Scotland launched its findings of a survey of young carers and young adult carers in Scotland and their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
The findings are important and represent the only national base of evidence on how young carers and young adult carers in Scotland have been impacted by Coronavirus.
The results are extremely concerning. They show increases in stress, and a steep decline in mental health among young carers and young adult carers. They also highlight how the pandemic and lockdown has negatively impacted on young carers’ education.
Here are some headline findings:
- 45% of young carers and 68% of young adult carers in Scotland say their mental health is worse as a result of Coronavirus
- 71% of young carers and 85% of young adult carers in Scotland who responded to the survey were more worried about the future since coronavirus
- 58% of young carers in Scotland say their education is suffering as a result of Coronavirus
- 74% of young carers and 73% of young adult carers in Scotland who responded to the survey say they feel less connected to others than they did before the pandemic.
You can find out more about the survey and its findings by visiting the Carers Trust website.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“These findings are extremely concerning and show that the pandemic has hit some of the most vulnerable in our communities the hardest.
“It is important that now more than ever the Scottish and UK Government’s invest in our public services jobs so that young carers can access the help they need to be the best they can be.