Mental Health Caregivers & Parents
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers
Fro the National Alliance for Caregiving
www.caregiving.org • firstname.lastname@example.org • (301) 718-8444
The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States and identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers. Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins and Needles study.
Mental Health America (MHA) created the 2019 Family Caregivers Toolkit to help caregivers strengthen relationships with their loved ones with mental illness through materials that educate and empower.
If you are a caregiver, with the right tools and perspectives, you can work together with your loved one as a team to accomplish goals, find a treatment plan that works, and be prepared in the event of a crisis.
MHA wants everyone to know that when we take the time to invest in our mental health, we can focus on creating an inclusive world for caregivers and their loved ones to thrive, together. Download it here:
The toolkit includes:
The Role and Responsibility of Families in the Addictions Recovery Process
By Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center.
Assisted Living in Wisconsin
Families looking for assisted living in Wisconsin (WI) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 670 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 16.47% percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Wisconsin will pay $4,000 per month on average.
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion presents a new resource: “Leisure Education Toolkit for Parents with Mental Illnesses,” developed by Debra Kubis and Gretchen Snethen.
This toolkit is an evidence-based guide that will help parents better understand the importance of family leisure and develop strategies to participate in meaningful family leisure. Research on the need for family leisure, potential benefits, and strategies to increase participation are presented. This user friendly guide provides worksheets and activities that parents can use with their children to make the most out of family leisure. For individuals who want to receive additional support, each section also provides an opportunity to summarize goals and issues that can be shared with a mental health professional. Download now to learn more about: (1) the benefits of family leisure; (2) core and balance family leisure; (3) strategies to assess family leisure interest; (4) barriers to and facilitators of family leisure; (5) planning and making time for family leisure; and (6) using leisure to talk with your kids about mental illnesses. This toolkit can be used directly by parents with mental illnesses, or can provide an outline for a series of groups focused on supporting parents with mental illnesses.