Young Caregivers

YOUNG CAREGIVERS

 

Alzheimer Society of Toronto created the Young Carers Meetup program, a series of in-person and online meetings for young caregivers to discuss self-care, responding in difficult situations, and maintaining relationships with their other family members and friends.


Emily’s House at Philip Aziz Centre is a children’s hospice that extends their support services to young caregivers who are siblings to a child or youth with a life-limiting or terminal illness and healthy children who have a parent or guardian living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.


Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) is a registered charity brought together by families with a mission to facilitate the development of resilience for families living with mental illness. The charity provides support, education, coping skills and self-care strategies for families and caregivers.


Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto (GCGT) is a registered charity that provides support, education, and social interaction for cancer patients and their families. The inclusive program adopts a “whole family” approach so that friends and family of all ages can receive the support they need free of charge.


Heart House Hospice provides grief and bereavement support to dying patients and families, including caregivers and children, in their homes so that people can receive end-of-life care at home. Their Children and Youth Grief Network and Helping Us Understand Grief programs help young carers understand their caregiving role and learn to cope with the emotions of caregiving.


Huntington Society of Canada is a not-for-profit organization that supports people and families living with Huntington Disease through counselling services and medical research. The Youth Mentorship Program allows young caregivers caring for someone with Huntington Disease to meet a mentor with similar experience.


Kid's Help Phone is a 24/7, national support service, offering professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Here are the ways you can reach out to Kids Help Phone now:

Tel: 1-800-668-6868 (24 hours, seven days a week)
Text -  686868

Kid's Help Phone Live Chat


Roger Neilson House is a pediatric palliative care hospice on the campus of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The Spectacular Incredible Braving Siblings (SIBS) Program supports siblings of children with life-limiting illnesses. Young caregivers learn about self-care and coping strategies for their emotions, as well as information relevant to their sibling’s illness.


The Teresa Group is a community-based charitable organization that provides support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Various support groups and a summer camp program offer young caregivers an opportunity to learn about coping with the stigma of HIV and AIDS and the stresses of their caregiving experience.


The Powerhouse Project was created in 2003 as a special project of the Alzheimer Society of the Niagara Region. Since then, its mission has grown to promote the well-being of any young caregivers through social, recreational and educational programs in the Niagara and Haldimand-Norfolk Regions. Hospice Toronto has also developed the YCI model for an urban setting called The Young Carers Program. In Waterloo Region The Young Carers Project was launched in 2011 as a community collaborative working to educate the public about the existence and needs of young caregivers. The collaborative has also developed resources and programming for young caregivers in the area.


Bounceback is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.


Telehealth Ontario can be reached at: 1-866-797-0000.  

*Identify yourself as a caregiver in order to be directed to the correct resource. Free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The Healthline provides information about local services. Enter your postal code on the homepage for a listing of local resources. 


 

Young caregiver resources have been taken, in part, from The Change Foundation’s Organizations Advocating for and Supporting Family Caregivers.

 

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