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Supporting a Loved One living with a mental illness/disorder requires a great deal of compassion and understanding. We do so because we want them to maintain their dignity, autonomy, and freedom to make their own decisions, if they are able to.

 

It's a good experience to have watching loved ones enjoy a quality of life that is rewarding for them, after what can be a very difficult journey to finding the right treatment, and management program.

 

Being a support for a loved one who is struggling with finding the right combination of pharmaceuticals, or therapy program can also be one of the most difficult roles anyone can fill. It is in those times that a good support system goes a long way. 

 

 Whether you are a spouse, parent, child, sibling, other family member, or friend, it can be a difficult road to navigate as our loved one learns to live with their illness or disorder. Multiple other factors can contribute to a more difficult path like addictions, homelessness, incarceration, loss of employment, or their ability to live independently.

Having a community of other Caregivers who are on similar paths supporting their loved ones helps to cope when things get difficult. Caregivers who understand the sacrifices, financial interruptions, struggle to work full time and be a caregiver, and feeling out of control of our own self care.

The founder and co-founder of Homagi have been caregivers for over 9 years, and understand what navigating the healthcare system, medical bias, stigmas, gaps in care, lack of local resources, and the financial constraints that assisting a loved one with mental illness can present. They built an organization centered around the very people who are like them, when they first began their journey.

Welcome to a community of Caregivers who support loved ones living with mental illnesses or disorders, we hope you find support, resources, inspiration and motivation for your caregiving journey. Thanks for being here.

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What's going on in the world of Mental Health Caregiving?

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The Psychodynamic Approach During COVID-19 Emotional Crisis

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Join "Care-FULLY" an online "support group" and
community of Mental Health Family Caregivers

The term "CareFuLLY" is used to describe the type of "FULL" consideration we must have for ourselves and anything pertaining to our health and well being. If we neglect ourselves we are "killing slowly" the very asset, in fact the number one asset our loved one has on this journey...Ourselves and our support. We cannot support or care for anyone if we ourselves are ill, overexerted, and burned out.

 

"CareFULLY" is all inclusive in our caring. We are caring for ourselves as a whole person not just the part that needs to limp through the day. The whole of ourselves, the individual with wants, needs, dreams, and desires.

 

There are so many things we do in the course of the day that require a great deal of our time and commitment, many of them we have been doing for so long they are second nature. Our life commitments can include everything from house chores, paying bills, going to work or school and staying in good health by working out and going to the doctor. All of these things require structure and planning to be fully effective, meaning at some point you need to have a vacation or "time off" to just enjoy all that you work so hard for.

 

Everyone gets that and understands that. Somehow when it comes to having a family and becoming responsible for other people in our life all of a sudden something else happens, "guilt". Guilt amongst the other time thieves causes us to neglect the the time off, to excuse it away, procrastinate or cheat ourselves on the "full bounty" of "time off". There is no longer room for ourselves, that's not okay. "CareFULLY" is a caregiver community full of other caregivers and resources for caregivers.

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Care-Fully

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SHIFT Get Off The Brake

ANCHROLife

ANCHROLife

Holistic Living

Holistic Living

Alternative Treatment

Alternative Treatment

Understanding nutrition, depression

Understanding nutrition, depression

Group Support & Programs

Group Support & Programs

Building a self-care plan

Building a self-care plan

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20

Benefits Of Ecotherapy: Being In Nat

Benefits Of Ecotherapy: Being In Nat

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What is a Family

Caregiver?

 

Anyone who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Loved ones in need of care, could be suffering from a physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse, or other conditions.

We are the Family
Caregivers bridge to
Selfcare...

 

The first signs of neglect are not easily visible. They take time to show up. A missed medical appointment for your self. Missed sleep, and ignoring your need to take a break. Being a Caregiver can cause tremendous amounts of stress and it's not always easy to talk about. Many factors affect the caregivers decision to not ask for help or assistance. Sometimes it can stem from guilt and not wanting to sound as if you are complaining. Maybe family and friends are upset about you continuing to give support to a friend or family member who is struggling in their journey.  

 

We understand the importance of a "Caregiver" for the Caregiver. We are here to offer respite from the storm. Support classes to help you better navigate your day to day life and challenges. 

Meet other Family Caregivers in "Care-FULLY" our online support group and Family Caregiver Community.

Support Is Your

Greatest Asset!

 

Loved Ones: Your Mental Health Journey is as unique as you are. What your needs are depends on your personal challenges as well as your illness. Having the support of a Family Caregiver is an asset, one that many do not have the privilege of. There is a support group for you to discuss your challenges or socialize with others on the Mental Health journey as well.

 

Family Caregivers: Attend one of our caretaker management and life skills classes to learn the best way to manage you and your loved ones schedule and day to day activities. Reduce stress by using an individualized scheduling system as well as personalized effective stress management strategy.  

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