Being mentally well is a vital component of maintaining a caregiver’s health and wellness. Should you find yourself in need of support from a mental health professional please consider the following:
- Ask a friend or family member for the name of a mental health professional, with whom he or she has had a positive experience.
- Contact the Veteran’s Administration’s Caregiver Support line (if you or your loved one is a veteran) at 1855-260-3274 and ask to speak with a counselor.
- Call your insurance company for a list of mental health professionals. You might ask that the list include professionals who specialize in supporting family caregivers.
- Contact your local Office on Aging (if your loved one is 65 or older). Some Offices on Aging offer a limited number of counseling sessions for family caregivers.
Remember that you cannot care for someone else if you do not care for yourself. It is important to reach out for mental health services that can assist you in your caregiving.