Resources and Coping Tips
Navigating the mental health-care systems can feel like a maze. Knowing what resources are available is important. A Family Support Worker can help.
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The 4 C’s for Family Caregivers
- You didn’t cause the mental illness.
- You can’t cure the mental illness.
- You can’t control the mental illness.
- You can cope with the mental illness.
Coping Tips for Family Caregivers
Supporting a loved one who has a mental illness can be overwhelming. You may feel a mix of emotions: sadness, disbelief, anger, worry, anxiety, guilt, love, helplessness. Family members may experience significant stress, which can impact their own health, relationships, careers and financial situations.
Take Care of You
Caring and providing support to a loved one takes time and energy. Families need to remember that their own needs are important too. Self-care is one of the most important things that a family can do to keep themselves well. It is something that they struggle with all the time.
Develop realistic expectations for your family member and yourself. Work towards accepting the illness and its challenging consequences.
Let go of the guilt
Remember that no family is perfect. Whatever you did, or did not do; you did not cause your family member’s illness.
Get the facts
Continue to educate yourself about your family member’s illness. Learn about the various resources available to help you in your role as caregiver.
Look after your own health too
Although it can sometimes be a challenge to eat right, exercise, and stay healthy while caregiving; it is important to do your best.
It’s okay to have fun
Maintain friendships, activities and hobbies, particularly those that will take you outside the home. Remember to laugh, take walks and nurture yourself.
Join a Support Group
You’ll be amazed how great it is to make new friends who understand about what you are going through. You’re not alone in this journey!
Accept all the help and support you can get. Don’t be afraid to ask! Seek respite care when you need it, ask family members to pitch in.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we’re here to help. Contact your local FAME Family Support Worker for support.