Care Givers

Many caregivers suffer from depression and anxiety. They may delay or neglect treatment of their own health conditions. Self-care is vitally important for preventing future health problems. By taking better care of themselves, caregivers may find they are able to provide better care for their loved one.

Research shows that caregiver mental health is becoming increasingly worse year over year. Supporting your own mental health and well-being can be overwhelming but you can learn how to recognize the warning signs and take charge on prioritizing and maintaining your own mental health and well-being needs.

Guides & Toolkits for Care Givers

A Guide for Caregivers of Persons Living with Mental Illness or Experiencing Mental Health Challenges. This guide is divided into two main sections: Caring for YOU and Caring for the Individual. The guide is further divided into Child, Youth, Adult, and Older Adult sections to reflect caring for individuals across the lifespan and the responsibilities associated with caregiving.

This guide is intended to provide you, the caregiver, with helpful tips, tools, and information. We encourage you to “build your own toolbox” using the various Activities in this guide. These activities are designed to help you think about what you are learning in greater depth and to put some tools in place to help with your learning. The information is based on things you can control, and things that you can do to complement a treatment plan, promote recovery, or while waiting for services.

By Ottawa Public Health, Military Family Services, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association & the Mental Illness Caregivers Association

The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery and wellness brings insights from lived experience’ as an important tool for better serving individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts, feelings and action in the system of care.

The Way Forward was developed in 2014 by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. It is a comprehensive resource for policy makers, service providers and invested community members alike.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Resources & Links for Care Givers

Senior caregiving is time consuming, resource intensive, and something 34.2 million people in the United States are trying to balance with everything else going on in their lives. Being the primary caregiver for an aging loved one is hard work, and a lot of caregivers are struggling with the burden without knowing where to turn for help. Luckily, you do have options. We’ve compiled a list of 30 resources for caregivers that can help ease your burden and provide helpful information on how to handle caregiving more effectively.

YouTube Video about overcoming self stigma. 4:20 Minutes long. By the Ontario Caregivers Organization who “exist to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.”