What to look out for if you are a caregiver to someone with a mental health condition.
You are just as important as your loved ones. Supporting someone with a mental illness is a responsibility that requires a lot of energy — physically, emotionally and mentally. If it gets too overwhelming, you risk developing caregiver burnout or a health condition yourself too.
It is important for people who are supporting others to look after themselves. Only when you take care of yourself can you be in a good position to help others.
We have compiled this resource using online materials shared by professional and expert groups (full list below). The resources on these pages are meant to be educational, and should not be taken as medical advice. If you suspect you have a mental health concern, seek help from professionals before taking any action.
Health is wealth — Take care of your health by eating and sleeping well, and exercising regularly.
Make time for yourself — Take time off to do things you enjoy and recharge, and maintain social relations
It’s okay to feel frustrated, confused, guilty or stressed. Acknowledge that these are normal responses, and it is part of a journey that is beyond your control.
Be kind to yourself — Celebrate small victories and be proud of your efforts.
Divide and conquer — Ask for help with smaller chores like running errands or household chores
Don’t bottle up — Share how you feel with your loved one or join a support group. And it is okay to seek professional help such as a counsellor — if the stress gets overwhelming.
Caregiver Association Of Mentally Ill (CAMI)
Provides support for caregivers taking care of loved ones with mental illness.
Tel: 6782 9371 | Mon - Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm
AWWA Centre for Caregivers
Provides information, training and support for caregivers.
Tel: 1800 299 2992 | Mon - Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm
TOUCH Care Line
Provides information and referral services for caregivers.
Tel: 6804 6555 | Mon - Sat, 9am to 9pm
SAGE Helpline for Seniors
Provides counselling with a focus on the psychological and social health of seniors and their caregivers
Tel: 1800 555 5555 | Mon- Fri, 9am to 7pm | Sat, 9am to 1pm
Caregiving Welfare Association’s (CWA) Caregiver Support Group
Caregiver Asia — Mostly focused on caregivers of elderly persons, but holds support group sessions on caregivers’ mental health
Support groups and caregiver training
Malaysia Mental Health Association (MMHA)
MMHA directory of counselling services
Bipolar Care Indonesia — For people living with bipolar and their caregivers
Komunitas Peduli Skizofrenia Indonesia — For people living with schizophrenia and their caregivers
MotherHope Indonesia — For mothers experiencing pre- or post-natal depression and other mental health concerns, as well as their caregivers
Baguio Mental Health Support Group
In Touch Community Services Training
The Bhor Foundation — The Listening Circle (Delhi and Bangalore)
Want to know more? Here are the articles we referenced to compile this resource: