Getting the support you need
The role of a caregiver can include providing emotional support to your loved one, helping with the tasks of daily living, arranging doctor’s appointments, monitoring symptoms, and liaising with family and physicians. It’s important to remember that caregivers need support, too. These webinars will add to your resources and strategies for maintaining your own mental health.
Do mental health conditions run in your family? It’s common for depression or bipolar disorder to exist across generations and relatives, appearing on various branches of a family tree. Research shows that many mental health conditions are inheritable. In fact, people with a family history of depression can be two to three times more likely to live with depression, compared to the general population.
Family support can mean a world of difference to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Learn tips on what you can do to help improve the mental health of your LGBTQ+ family members.
Healthy boundaries are essential for any caregiver supporting a loved one living with depression. Boundaries provide structure in relationships and ensure that everyone involved is respected and gets their needs met. By setting clear limits, you can prioritize your wellness while continuing to be a support for your loved one.
One thing about depression and families: we don’t always have depressive episodes one person at a time. For caregivers, this means that we need to be able to take care of others even as we deal with our own depression. It can be done – and Families for Depression Awareness has strategies and examples to share!
Your self-care may take a back seat as you try to balance everything. Unfortunately, ignoring your own wellness often leads to stress, overwhelm, and, sometimes, your own battle with depression. This is where your caregiver toolkit can come in to provide hope and keep you well.
What can you do if a member of your family is having a mental health crisis or feeling suicidal? As a caregiver, with the right education and resources, you can help your family get through distressing situations and prevent suicide.
For Family Caregivers and Family Members Interested in Paying for Treatment
Original air date: 10/23/2019