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Recorded Live, April – September 2015
The Taking Care of the Caregiver Teleseminar Series is designed to present numerous methods for self-care in a user-friendly format for family caregivers of those with a mental disorder who want information about self-care options to make their lives easier and their care-giving more joyful.
Caregivers generally have limited extra time. The Teleseminar Series showcases 16 experts discussing ways their expertise can help support the caretaker of a family member with a mental disorder.
Each presentation is about 45-minutes long, with time allotted for Q&A at the end.
Who should listen to these talks?
This series is for family caregivers of people with mental disorders, who are looking for resources, practices, ideas, and tools that support their ability to take better care of themselves and/or their loved one.
It can be very difficult to care for someone else, especially if they suffer from an illness; but providing care for those with mental disorders comes with a special set of challenges. Most such patients receive a lot less support from the health care system and their insurance providers, leaving the job up to family members.
Additionally, many people fail to understand mental disorders properly. There’s a strong stigma or shame against mental illness and cognitive disorders that can leave families feeling isolated and afraid. This often happens even when members of the same communities share their experiences.
Fortunately, caregivers don’t have to simply withstand these difficulties alone. There are things that they can do to help them make it through troubled times. One is to take inventory of how well you manage your own self-care. Take a look at how well are you taking care of your physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and work/professional well-being. If you find yourself falling short, you aren’t alone.
These teleseminars were designed to help you navigate these choppy waters.
When I took the Basic Class from NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) for parents and grandparents of children with a mental illness, one of the things they stressed at the last class was the importance of self-care. They gave us a “Self-Care Inventory” from the Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc. out of Cleveland, OH. That inventory asked us to rate how well we were taking care of ourselves in several areas, including Physical, Psychological, Emotional, Spiritual, and Work Place/Professional Self-Care.
This handout gave me the idea for what to include in this series. I looked for experts that could address these different areas. ~ Batiyah Lampl