A young carer might look after someone because they're sick or because they have a disability or mental health issues. Or, if a parent or family member has an alcohol or drug problem, they may be unable to care for themselves or anyone else, so a young carer might help look after their siblings, for example.
Some young people aren't sure if they can actually call themselves a 'young carer'. But even if you aren't the only one who is doing the looking after, you can be considered a young carer. Especially if you're doing a lot more than just helping out occasionally and it takes up a lot of your time.
Being a young carer can be difficult and may cause you to feel anxious, sad, isolated or even depressed. There are lots of reasons why you might be finding things hard if you are a young carer.