Each year 15,000 young Australians, aged 12 to 24 have to deal with a parental cancer diagnosis. This can cause disruption to routine and relationships and can contribute to adolescent fears and anxiety.
CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, will launch its Offspring Support Program, which will provide a range of support services for young people faced with the cancer diagnosis of a parent. Funded by a $1.5million grant from the nib Foundation, the program will run for the next three years and will offer peer support, resources, respite and the necessary development of day-to-day skills required.
For more information about the program, how it can help a family member or how you can help provide support, visit CanTeen.