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The title Family Caregiver doesn't reduce or "trivialize" what you're doing for your loved one. Once you get past the "title" you embrace community. Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son are all part of who we are, they are not our sole identity. Those titles give us community. What discovering I was a Family Caregiver did for me was to help me see I wasn't alone and that what I was experiencing wasn't my own personal hell, others were going through the same or similar expeiences. It changed the quality of my life and of my ability to care for my loved one in a more compassionate intimate way, understanding that our unique set of circumstances were unique to us but not isolated. That was huge."

 

- La Shawn Splane Wilburn, Founder of Homagi

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Psychodynamic Therapy Found Equivalent to CBT Across Disorders

Psychodynamic Therapy Found Equivalent to CBT Across Disorders

Psychodynamic therapy (PDT) appears to be as effective at treating mental illness as other techniques with established efficacy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), according to a meta-analysis in AJP in Advance.

Caregivers Can't Stop Dementia

Caregivers Can't Stop Dementia

Often, caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or any cause of dementia becomes too difficult to manage by one family member in a home environment. In these cases, choosing professionally trained in-home or out-of-home dementia care that provides innovative and dedicated programs to help manage the symptoms of the disease, and celebrate the life of the individual, results in saving the life of that primary caregiver as well!

Journaling Can Help Healing?

Journaling Can Help Healing?

Writing about emotional topics has been found to have a beneficial effect on the immune function of people with chronic diseases, according to recent research by James Pennebaker, Ph.D., at the University of Texas, Austin.

Caregiving Is Hard Enough....

Caregiving Is Hard Enough....

“Caregiving is done with a lot of love and affection, but there’s a lot of loss involved,” said Carey Wexler Sherman, a gerontologist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “People talk about friends disappearing, about even family members not wanting to be involved. It’s a lonely business.”

Caregivers Getting Help From Emplo..

Caregivers Getting Help From Emplo..

Caregiving is becoming a top priority among employers’ health and wellness benefits, according to a recent survey. In addition, more than three-quarters of the 129 employers that responded to this survey agreed that caregiving would gain importance over the next 5 years.

Caregivers' Emotional Well-being

Caregivers' Emotional Well-being

As America's population ages and the number of those with severe health issues increases, a new study has found that family caregivers run the risk of social isolation and depression when they take on the job of caring for a severely ill loved one without help.

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What Family Caregivers Do Daily Can Take A Toll On Our Overall Well Being If We Aren't Caring "CareFULLY"

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. 

Care-Fully

Care-Fully

A Mental Health Caregiver Community where caregivers find support, resources, advocacy, and "me too"...

SHIFT Get Off The Brake

SHIFT Get Off The Brake

A Mental Health Family Caregiving course that helps you to fit your caregiving around YOUR Life

ANCHROLife

ANCHROLife

ANCHORLife a recovery oriented coaching program for families who are supporting loved ones with mental illness.

Holistic Living

Holistic Living

The use of alternative approaches to mental health care can be substantially helpful to people living with severe mental illness as they cope with fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and stressors that are often compounded by the serious symptoms and consequences of mental illness. A recent Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Fact Sheet, Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Care, describes complementary approaches to mental health care including self-help, diet and nutrition, expressive therapie

Alternative Treatment

Alternative Treatment

International Guide to the World of Alternative Mental Health

Understanding nutrition, depression

Understanding nutrition, depression

When we take a close look at the diet of depressed people, an interesting observation is that their nutrition is far from adequate. They make poor food choices and selecting foods that might actually contribute to depression. Recent evidence suggests a link between low levels of serotonin and suicide.[5] It is implicated that lower levels of this neurotransmitter can, in part, lead to an overall insensitivity to future consequences, triggering risky, impulsive and aggressive behaviors which may

Group Support & Programs

Group Support & Programs

NAMI offers an array of support and education programs that help build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Building a self-care plan

Building a self-care plan

Developing a self-care plan will help you think about the small steps you can take in your own life to build your resilience and reduce your vulnerability to compassion fatigue.

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20

Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Even though the academic research on mindfulness meditation isn't as robust as, say, nutrition or exercise, there is a reason why it's been around for literally thousands of years. And we're starting to get a better understanding of why it seems to be beneficial for so many aspects of life, from disease and pain management, to sleep, to control of emotions. For starters, let's define what mindfulness is: A Perspectives on P

Benefits Of Ecotherapy: Being In Nat

Benefits Of Ecotherapy: Being In Nat

"Green therapy," also known as ecotherapy, is gaining the attention of researchers, nature enthusiasts, and people in search of alleviating symptoms of depression. Being in nature is has long been associated with being mindful and meditative, but only recently has the scientific community researched the mental health benefits of outdoor immersion. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Essex and published by the mental health organization Mind found that taking a walk in

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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.

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Caregivers bridge to
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The first signs of neglect are not easily visable. 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 respice 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 privledge 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 activites. Reduce stress by using an individualized scheduling system as well as personalized effective stress management strategy.  

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