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Boy, 12, helps father fight anxiety and depression

Stuart Gumm had a serious mental breakdown about four years ago.

Diagnosed with anxiety and depression, he often suffers panic attacks, no longer drives, and rarely leaves the house.

The 52-year-old from Talywain near Pontypool, in Torfaen, said the care provided by his 12-year-old son Carwyn has saved his life.

Boy, 12, helps father fight anxiety and depression
Boy, 12, helps father fight anxiety and depression

Carwyn is one thousands of young carers in Wales – and a charity says many more are not known to schools or local authorities.

Carers Trust Wales found up to 400% more young carers than expected at eight schools in a pilot study and they fear it puts the children’s life chances at risk.

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