Women are the largest number of caregivers, according to a study done by The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), called:
"On Pins & Needles - Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness"
The study also showed that "48% [of Caregivers] are the sole unpaid caregiver", meaning they don't have help and are depended upon by a loved one for the full care and support. To have the full responsibility of caring for a loved one with a mental illness has it's challenges. One of the challenges being the deterioration in the overall health of the Caregiver.
Caregivers are at risk of having their own mental health compromised, many suffer in silence from depression and anxiety. Stigmas attached to having a mental illness may cause a loved one and the caregivers who care for and support them, to think twice about speaking openly about what they are experiencing with their loved one(s). There is a loyalty to the confidence of a loved one, which is understandable, but the caregiver places themselves in a position to having their own health to fail. That's not good for the caregiver or the loved one they are caring for.
Support from other mental health caregivers is a great way to find ways to cope, to know you aren't alone, and to find other resources you may not know about otherwise. Homagi's "CareFULLY" is an online mental health caregiver community where you can find other caregivers who are also on this journey. Take a tour of "CareFULLY" here.
Therapy for caregivers is a great tool and investment, and some organizations offer free counseling and mental health family caregiver support groups like NAMI's "Family to Family"
Women As Caregivers
"80% of Caregivers are Women
"On Pins & Needles
Caregivers Of Adults
with Mental Illness"
- The National Alliance
for Caregiving (NAC)
"There are spiritual parts of ourselves that play a critical role in health and healing. Listen to your heart, for it's in your heart where that felling tells you, "I'm not quite where I want to be." Once you hear that, honor it. Then you can begin to do something."
- Dr. Marcellus A. Walker, founder of the Center for lifeline Health, and medical director of Wayne Woodland Manor (From: Blessed Health the African American Woman's guide to physical and spiritual well being by Melody T. Mc Clound, M.D. and Angela Ebron