Ways to support a caregiver to someone living with mental illness in your life.
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Although no official numbers exist, it is estimated that there are millions of caregivers in Asia alone. Thus, it is quite possible that you know someone who is a caregiver or may become acquainted with one at some point in your life. Caregivers shoulder heavy daily responsibilities and often go it alone. Physical, mental and emotional burdens build up over time and can lead to caregiver stress and burnout. How can you meaningfully support a caregiver in your life?
While we share some general tips below, it is important to understand that every caregiver and their needs are different. So it always helps to check in with the caregiver to find out what it is they would truly like help with and to respond flexibly to their requests. Otherwise, the already-stressed caregiver may be put in a position where he or she is accommodating you rather than the other way around, no matter how well-intentioned you are. In order to make a genuine difference, thoughtfully tailor your efforts to the caregiver’s unique circumstances, personality and preferences.
You may not know the person well but would like to show care and concern. Here are some useful pointers:
Being in a caregiver’s inner social circle affords you opportunities to make a difference. Here are some ideas:
Having an understanding and supportive workplace reduces the pressure caregivers face. Here are some ways:
Want to know more? Here are the articles we referenced to compile this resource:
100+ Ways to Support Caregivers by Sharing the Care
10 Ways to Be a True Friend to a Family Caregiver
How to Show Up for a Friend Who Is a Caregiver
How to Really Help a Family Caregiver
How to support caregivers
Employees Who Are Caregivers
Step into the shoes of a caregiver
Explore our first multi-plot interactive video, A Quiet Ripple, that shows what a mental health caregiver might experience - from dilemmas, to a need for support. The choices you make will impact how the story ends. Experience it to better understand the lives of caregivers.
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