Carers

Carers

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson.

Information
Caregiver Depression – A Growing Mental Health Concern  (US) – “Too often, attention to mental health services for older people and their caregivers is negligible or absent, despite the fact that mental health problems and caregiver distress are among the leading reasons for institutionalization” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1999).
Family Carers And Mental Illness – SANE Research (AUS) – Families play a major role in providing day-to-day care for people with a mental illness, but improved support is urgently needed, especially in education for this role.
Heretohelp (CAN) – When a family member suffers from a mental illness, one of the most important things to do is to take the time to learn about the disorder.  By educating yourself as much as you can about the mental or substance use disorder, you can take an active role in your family member’s recovery.  The Family Toolkit was designed to assist families in caring for a family member with a mental illness by providing information and practical resources.
SANE Carers Research (AUS) – Families play a major role in providing day-to-day care for people with a mental illness, but improved support is urgently needed, especially in education for this role.

Links
Carers New Zealand (NZ) – Carers NZ’s website has been revamped and relaunched!  We hope you like our colourful new site, made possible with help from the Ministry of Social Development, ACC, the Ministry of Health, and private sponsors.  The site has heaps of new content, including information adapted from the Government’s recently launched print Guide for Carers.
Caring For Carers (NZ) – If you are a family carer in Hawke’s Bay or Gisborne – this website is for you!  We want this website to help you deal with the stresses of being a family carer, by providing information that is relevant to your experience, your personal wellbeing, as well as supporting you in your care giving role.  Although this website is still in it’s infancy, we want your input and contributions, so it can become a meaningful resource provided by carers for carers.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (AUS) – COPMI provides information for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them.  The website is one tool we use to deliver this information.  We also work with the media, researchers, educators, service organisations, consumers, carers and others.
Leap Institute (US) – LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) shows you how to quickly gain the trust of someone you are in conflict with. When you Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner, you stop trying to force your adversary to say he\she is wrong and begin to listen in a new way that immediately lowers anger and defensiveness, conveys genuine understanding, empathy, and respect for his point of view, even when you disagree with it.
St John – Caring Caller (NZ) – St John Caring Caller is a free long-term friendship service that offers those who are housebound, or live on their own, the opportunity to stay in daily contact by phone with someone who cares about them. It is not a help line.  It is friendship by phone that both you and your Caring Caller enjoy.  St John Caring Caller is also a wise precaution, just in case there is an emergency.  If your St John Caring Caller calls you and cannot get an answer, we will send someone to your home to make sure all is well. This can be particularly important if your neighbours, friends or family are away or cannot be nearby every day of the week.