Caring for Those Who Care for Others: National Family Caregivers Month

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Maureen Iselin

November 15, 2019

Nationwide, there are over 60 million unpaid family caregivers who sacrifice time, energy, and resources to take care of loved ones with a health conditions. Of those, one in five are caring for a loved one with a mental illness.[1]

During the month of November, America acknowledges and recognizes these caregivers as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Mental Health America of the MidSouth joins together with Mental Health America and its affiliates throughout the country to celebrate these caregivers, provide them with critical tools and resources, and to continue advocating for people with mental illness.

Compared with caregivers of people with a physical illness, research finds that caregivers for those with a mental illness are:

  • 15 percent more likely to experience emotional stress;
  • 11 percent more likely to report fair or poor personal health; and
  • 9 percent more likely to feel financial strain.[2]

To support these caregivers and to strengthen their relationships with their loved ones they are caring for, Mental Health America developed the 2019 Family Caregivers Toolkit. The toolkit includes fact sheets, a crisis plan worksheet, and additional resources.

To learn more about Mental Health America of the MidSouth’s Aging and Alzheimer Services, including support services for caregivers, visit



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