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American Association of Caregiving Youth Attends Congressional Briefing on Caregivers and Mental Health

Press Alert  [June 23, 2024]: The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) commends the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers and The Carter Center for hosting a recent Congressional Briefing on Caregivers and Mental Health. AACY thanks Diana Felner, Senior Director, Caregiver & Mental Health Policy, for inviting AACY representative A.J. Poole to attend the event.

The briefing featured powerful presentations from former Caregiving Youth, Anita and Saanvi. Anita shared her experience caring for her mother with Schizoaffective Disorder (SED) as a teenager. Saanvi, at just seven years old, began translating for her grandmother during a mental health crisis. Their stories and those of other speakers highlighted the crucial role caregiving teams play, which often include young people – Caregiving Youth.

Increased visibility in important discussions like this Congressional briefing is essential. The more we are present, the more we can learn, connect, and effectively represent the millions of Caregiving Youth in the United States.

AACY emphasizes the need for federal recognition and support for Caregiving Youth, a currently under-represented population. The Association believes increased awareness, fostered by events like this briefing, will lead to faster progress on this critical issue.

The organization extends its sincere gratitude to the coordinators of the Caregivers and Mental Health Congressional Briefing, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).