Stories are important to a person’s sense of identity and to dealing with experience. Stories stay with people much longer than facts or statistics.
Below are the personal stories of young carers – some are written by young carers themselves (personal stories) and other are fictional profiles of young carers based on children’s and young adult books, tv shows and movies.
The purpose of using fictional profiles created from young carers in popular media is to provide real young carers with examples they can identify with. It also shows they are represented as a population and should open up conversation about the traits. As in real life, Young Carers seem to be overlooked in popular media, but they appear in more places than you’d think.