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This November is National Family Caregivers Month and 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.

The toolkit includes:

  • Fact sheets on:
    • Goal setting
    • Treatment supports
    • Preparing for an appointment
    • Treatment options
    • The HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • Crisis plan worksheet;
  • Sample social media post language and shareable images;
  • Drop-in article for newsletters;
  • Key messages;
  • Posters for use in clinicians’ offices, and other places where caregivers may spend time; and
  • Additional resources.

If you think you or a loved-one may be experiencing signs of a mental illness, visit www.mhascreening.org to take a free, quick and confidential screen for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and/or Alcohol or Substance Use problems.

Check out this infographic for some quick facts about caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses and the issues they face: Infographic: November is Family Caregivers Month

This was originally post on Mental Health American at https://mhanational.org/national-family-caregivers-month 

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