Caring for the Carers – Do you have a support system – someone to talk to?
Posted by perinatalmentalhealth
This week’s #DignityInMind blog, written by LifeLine WC’s Chairperson, addresses how mental health carers should look after themselves as well.
Are you able to ask for help?
Do you have a support system – someone to talk to?
Are you aware of your stress levels and do you manage them adequately?
Many of us in the caring industry as well as individuals who care for a family member or friend struggling with mental health will have answered ‘no’ to at least one of the above questions and it is probably for this reason that caregivers are at high risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. One of the main reasons for this is that we are most likely innate rescuers. We spend our lives throwing out lifelines, helping, healing and making a difference but often ignore the impact that all of this has on our own lives. Enter burnout.
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