Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tulisa Young Carer
Tulisa Contostavlos is best known for being the girl in the pop band N-Dubz. But she is also a carer for her mum who has suffered from a mental illness since before Tulisa was born. In this deeply personal authored documentary for BBC Three, Tulisa finds out what life is like for some of the 80,000 other young people in Britain caring for a parent with mental health problems.
Drawing on her own experiences, which included seeing her mum admitted to psychiatric care when she was five years old, Tulisa meets other young carers to explore the day-to-day realities of living with a mentally ill parent. She finds the effects can be overwhelming and often endured with little outside support but discovers there is help available, notably young carers groups. And Tulisa also looks into the difficult topic of heredity, asking whether her own hectic rock-star lifestyle is putting her at risk of developing an illness like her mum's.
Read More : http://www.mentorn.tv/programmes/programme-list/tulisa-my-mum-and-me.aspx