As the Thanksgiving holiday is among us, many of us are planning to enjoy some time with our loved ones. Many are also in a position of supporting children, their parents, or both. Some provide support to neighbors, friends, or in helping professions. Taking care of others is often a part-time or full-time duty on top of employment. November is National Family Caregivers Month, where those who have the role of caregiver are encouraged to focus on their own mental health and wellness, which will allow them to be present for others.
Recognition is not always there for these daily heroes, so this month is for them! The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) helped bring about the observance of this month, and is encouraging caregivers engage in activities and causes they are passionate about. Check out President Biden’s NFCM proclamation for National Family Caregivers Month.
Mental Health America (MHA) has created a free toolkit of resources and information to support the needs of caregivers, and those they serve. There are screeners, data sheets, activities, and initiatives to utilize. Also check out these tips from CAN below, as well as their toolkit online!
As we enter this holiday season, please remember to take care of yourself, and encourage those in your life in caregivers roles to do the same. Use hastags #NFCMonth and #CaregiversAND to continue to highlight this important observance!