When I was about ten, my mum fell and fractured her back. It triggered the symptoms of fibromyalgia – a condition which causes pain all over the body.
I became her primary carer when I was 12. At first I really felt the pressure, but I received good support and that helped me cope.
I haven’t met anyone who is using a young carer’s support service because someone in their family has substance abuse issues.
People think they’re not a carer when they’re in that situation and might feel scared to ask for help because they don’t know what the outcome will be.
I want to change that so I’ve made a film with Fixers to raise awareness and show that there is support available.
I hope it will be shown to children in both Primary Schools and High Schools so they will know what to do if that situation does arise.
The following Fixers helped me with this Fix:
Comic Relief supported me with this Fix.
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.