Young Carers in the Spotlight (en anglais)
Beyond Their Age: Youth Caring for a Family Member
You don't want to miss AMI-Quebec's annual Low-Beer lecture where you will screen I Am Still Your Child, followed by a panel discussion with cast and crew alongside writer Rebecca Heinisch, author of Anna and the Sea, a book for children with a parent suffering from mental illness.
There is a lack of awareness and support for young caregivers on a global scale. “Young carers are not officially recognized as a specific population, with their own unique needs,” says Megan Durnford, director of I Am Still Your Child. They have a tremendous responsibility on their shoulders, and lack support at home and from their governments. “They are doing it out of love, but also because they have to,” says Durnford. “The danger is, what’s the emotional toll?”
By shedding light and working towards better awareness, there is hope to prevent the potential emotional and other costs of young caregiving.