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Young Carer - Sarah Rudduck

Support groups call for more help for children caring for mentally ill parents

28 May, 2013 by Sophie Scott and Gillian Bennett

It is called the hidden face of mental illness. While more than 2.5 million Australians care for someone with a mental illness, what is not widely known is that many of those are children caring for their parents.

Young Carer - Kevin IsaacKevin Isaac and Sarah Rudduck look like typical uni students. But they are not. Both care for a parent with a serious mental illness.

"I've had to help do the shopping, make sure she doesn't spend too much money, look after my sister," Ms Rudduck said. Mr Isaac has been caring for his mother Sharada, who has schizophrenia, since he was 10. "What doesn't kill you makes you a stronger person. Having to deal with this helps me deal with other things in life," he said. Go to the full story - ABC News