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A Blog about Mental Health Caregiving
Identity Gives Us Community - Anyone Can Be A Family Caregiver - Are You A Mental Health Family Caregiver?
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. Homagi, in Houston Texas, Specializing in helping the mental health caregiver supporting their loved one with a mental illness. To understand they are not alone,to find their footing again and to thrive on this journey. We are the Mental Health Caregivers Caregiver."
- La Shawn Splane Wilburn, Founder of Homagi
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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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What is a Family
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
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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
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.