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Young Carers Research Group - Loughborough University

 
 
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“Who cares about me?” Young Carers Mental Health and Well Being
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Manchester Carers Forum (MCF) and the Young Carers Research Group (YCRG)

Aims:
The aim of this research is to produce recommendations for services that are specifically and appropriately targeted at the identified mental health and well being needs of young carers in Manchester. This will involve carrying out a needs assessment of the mental health and well being needs of young carers in Manchester through interviews, informal discussion and an evaluation questionnaire of the mental health and well being needs of young carers in the region. This work will be developed by the principle researcher, Khent Abraham, with research support and advice from the YCRG, led by Dr Jo Aldridge.

The recommendations from the study will be presented to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) commissioner in Manchester and will inform mental health service commissioning. The final report will include a literature review of research to date on young carers, with particular emphasis on what messages from research tell us about young carers’ mental health and well being. The final report will also include a review of what services currently promote and sustain the mental health and well being of young carers locally and nationally and will highlight good practice within Manchester, where some key developments to address young carers’ mental health and well being are already underway.

A further aim of the project is for MCF to work collaboratively with the YCRG  on a publications and publicity strategy in order to communicate the messages from this research in the most effective ways.

Length of project: Two years: starting September 2007

Funder:         Manchester CAMHS
                                   

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Output:
As well as the final report, a launch event will be held on completion of the research period to publicise the outcomes and recommendations of the study in order to inform health and social care policy and practice about the mental health and well being needs of young carers.