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#HOMAGIWellCaregiverWednesday ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ ON PINS & NEEDLES _____________________________ This report outlines findings from the research study On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This is a study of 1,601 caregivers ages 18 or older who provide care to an adult with serious-to-moderate emotional or mental health issues, from data collected in September 2015. The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences and challenges of this targeted subset of caregivers. While much research on mental illness has been done from the perspective of the person with mental illness (in our study, the care recipient), as well as mental health care providers, this study aims to fill the gap in understanding from the perspective of a key piece of the care team – the unpaid caregiver. _________________________________ It is estimated that at least 8.4 million Americans provide care to an adult with an emotional or mental health issue1. Prior research has shown that these caregivers are especially vulnerable, as they face complex, high burden care situations, resulting in higher caregiver stress and strain2. This study builds on prior research to better understand these mental health caregivers’ unique perspectives and experiences. ____________________________________ Mental health caregivers are 54 years old, on average, though most are ages 45 to 64 (54%). They typically care for a relative (88%), most often an adult son or daughter (45%), parent (14%), or spouse (11%). Their care recipient is 46 years old, on average, though most are 18 to 39 years old (58%). They are providing 32 hours of care each week, more than the typical U.S. caregiver (24 hours of care weekly)3. They have been providing care for a long time, 9 years on average, longer than the typical U.S. caregiver (4 years). About half of caregivers report that their care recipient lives with them, in their household (45%), more so than the typical U.S. caregiver (34%). ________________________________ About half of caregivers report that their loved one is financially dependent upon their friends and family (49%4)." 👁👁 more at the active link in t
#ThisIsFamilyCaregivingToo ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Rushing around getting "ish" done is the Caregiver lifestyle! We cross all the t's and dot all of the i's. We cook, clean, referee, organize, coordinate, distribute, and chauffeur everyone around...hell some of us even go to a "9 to 5" after all of that! We don't complain because it "wouldn't be fair" and it's "what we are supposed to do". ___________________________ A caregiver may not realize the toll all of the obligations take on their health until it's too late. We have ignored all of the warning signs of "Burn-Out" so long that a paramedic may be the first sign we see that says we are in trouble. ______________________ With so much let to "do later" our annual physical is one of those "action items" that is most important. As we are sliding into the last quarter of the year is that one of your goals that you "dropped" the ball on? I normally go in December but this year I'm going a month earlier. Something I've learned along this journey is the importance of my "Healthcare Team" REALLY knowing what's going on with me, and most importantly having one who cares what's happening. _________________________ Understanding your cultural factors, socio-economic factors, history of your family's health and any genetically predisposed conditions that can cause you problems is priceless. If your doctor doesn't care that you are a caregiver share with them this report I'm sharing with you today about Mental Health Caregivers. Still no "proactive input" have a discussion with them or get a new team. Your health is the difference between living and dying, debt from medical bills or savings, AND your quality of life. #HOMAGIWellCaregiverWednesday
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Helping Children Understand Mental Illness: A Resource For Parents And Guardians “Mental illness can be frightening -- not only to the person who has it but also to people around them. If you are a child and reliant on the care of an adult who has a mental illness, things can be even more confusing. Children may have a number of questions, such as "Why is my mom or dad this way?" "Will I become this way?" and "Who will take care of me if my mom or dad is sick?" If a child you care for has a parent with a mental illness, it is important to take time to address their questions and concerns. Helping a child understand their parent's or guardian's illness will make the illness seem less 'frightening' and give the child the tools they need for a more confident, safe and happy life. Here are some tips that may help when talking to a child about mental illness and answers to some commonly asked questions. Ideas To Encourage Conversation It can be less threatening to start by asking children why they think their mom/dad sometimes acts "different" or "strange," then use their comments or questions as an opening to talk more about mental illness. If you think a child wants to talk to you but is afraid to open up, here are some questions you might want to ask them. It is important to remember, though, that if a child does not want to talk to you, you should not force them.Just let them know that you are there for them and ready to listen if they do want to talk…” More at the site… http://coping.mhasp.org/guardians.html
Helping Children With Their Feelings A child's feelings may vary depending on how old they are and how much they understand about their parent's illness. For example, younger children often feel guilty or afraid while older children tend to feel more anger and embarrassment. Create an atmosphere that would encourage children to talk about their feelings. Talk about your own feelings so that they have a role model.Take advantage of moments that lend themselves to a discussion of feelings, for example when watching a television show about a parent who becomes disabled.Be available to listen, but don't pressure a child to talk about feelings if she/he isn't willing. Things to do when children try to express feelings: Give them your full attention. Make eye contact.Check out what you are hearing in their words or interpreting from their behavior.For example, "So you're really angry at your father and me because of how much of my attention he takes?" or"You've been slamming doors all night. Are you angry about something? I'm here if you want to talk." If the feelings shared by a child arouse strong feelings in you (e.g., anger, sadness, guilt), resist the temptation to jump in. Becoming judgmental or emotional while the child is talking can prevent them from talking more, both now and in the future. It takes great self-discipline to not get judgmental if a child is having feelings that you think they shouldn't have. You might be tempted to say, "You shouldn't be angry with me. You should be thankful. I'm the one keeping the family together." Try not to give in to these temptations; a child needs to express their emotions (even difficult ones) in order to better understand and learn from them. Provide your children with skills for handling strong feelings: Explain that feelings are neither right nor wrong. It's okay and natural for them to have the feelings they're having.Emphasize that talking about feelings can be helpful and that you'll always try to make special time when the child needs to talk.Explain that feelings do not have to control what we do. Give examples such as "It's OK that you're angry at your Father and I, but the way you're acting toward us
Helping Children Understand The Illness Start with yourself. What are your attitudes and knowledge about the illness?The more you know, the better you'll be able to answer their questions matter-of-factly.The stronger your attitude that the illness is somebody's fault, the greater risk you run of saying and doing things that can make your child blame their parent or others.Find out how the child explains their ill parent's behavior.Build on what the child says: Acknowledge any truth in what they say; Respectfully correct anything that is based on wrong information or fantasy. For example, "Daddy isn't acting this way because of anything you or I have done."Use language and explanations that are appropriate to each child's age and intelligence, using examples that are familiar to them. For example, you might say to a 5-year old:"Do you remember when you had the chicken pox? You cried a lot, you didn't feel like doing anything and you were grouchy toward all of us. It wasn't because you didn't love us or wanted to be that way but because you didn't feel well. Right now your mommy doesn't feel well. That's why she's crying a lot, not doing anything and acting grouchy. She still loves you and me, but she can't show it right now." Whereas you might tell a 10-year old: "You know how parts of our bodies get sick sometimes, like when we get stomach aches or sore throats. Well some people get sick in the part of their brain that controls feelings. That's what's wrong with dad. He has a sickness in that part of his brain that controls feelings. This sickness has a name. It's called manic depression." If a child has witnessed violent or suicidal behavior, situations requiring police intervention or any other traumatic incidents, don't underestimate how terrifying this experience can be. Explain to the child that their parent didn't know what was best for them at the time and explain how the doctors/police/whomever are going to help their parent.Children learn from what they see others doing, so try to behave, speak, and have the same kind of attitude you would like to see in them. http://coping.mhasp.org/guardians.html#2
Helping Children Feel Safe And Secure During stressful times in a family, children need reassurance that someone will take care of them. Here are some ways to help children feel more confident and assured of their safety and stability. A consistent routine helps children feel safe. The more predictable and structured the environment, the better most children will feel.Explain to children that sometimes talking can help and keeping things in can make one feel worse. Help children identify which adults and which friends they trust and like to talk to when they are feeling upset. Encourage them to talk to these people. (If they choose you, try to be a good, nonjudgmental listener.)Make sure children know what to do and who to call if they don't feel safe, especially if they are children of a single parent who is ill or if their ill parent has a history of violence or suicide attempts.Encourage them to tell you or someone they trust whenever something happens that upsets or scares them.Just like you would prepare a child for what to do in case of a fire or being approached by a stranger, tell themexactly who to call and where to go if something happens that scares them when they are alone with their ill parent and they can't reach you. "Go to every neighbor we know until you find someone who is home. Ask them if you can use their phone. Call the phone numbers I've given you until you reach someone. That person will tell you what to do next. Stay with the neighbor until you reach someone on the list and you know what to do." Children who have lived in very stressful situations are often tense and watchful in order to detect early signs of trouble or danger. Make sure the child knows it is okay to relax, have fun and feel good, even if their parent is ill or things are stressful at home.Explain to the child that even though their parent may have done or said things that hurt them, their parent loves them very much, does not mean to hurt them, and is very sorry.Ask children what they do to feel better when they are feeling upset, scared, hopeless, or unsafe. If they are coping in ways you think are destructive, help them figure out better ways. School guidance coun
Remembering Houston and anyone else that has been impacted by trauma or loss. Listen to episode 24 to understand more about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and grief. * * * * * * * * * Do you have a question you would like answered on ‘A Different Perspective’ podcast? If so, email your question to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you interested in having me come speak with your students, organization, club, group, community, colleagues, employees, etc. about topics ranging from culture, diversity, inclusion, mental health, wellness, self-care, or psychology? If so, email me at email@example.com. * * * * * * * * * Tweet, Instagram, Facebook, or email me with your ideas and feedback about the podcast. firstname.lastname@example.org @dramberthornton (Twitter, Facebook, IG) Listen to 'A Different Perspective' podcast on: SoundCloud- https://soundcloud.com/dramberthornton iTunes- https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-different-perspective-dr-amber-thornton/id1205183788?mt=2 Google Play- https://play.google.com/music/m/I5tonwxeqzyjxsvbb2aoiflx3ki?t=A_Different_Perspective__Dr_Amber_Thornton * * * * * * * * * All music produced by Joshua Thornton. Contact: email@example.com September 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM 52.7 MB (Audio)
#houston #hurricaneharvey2017 #hurricaineharvey #harvey #houston #htown #thetrey #fifthward #houstonfloods #HoustonFlood #HoustonFlooding #HoustonStrong #Caregiver #Caregivers #Caregiving ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ My heart goes out to many who may be experiencing flashbacks about Hurricane Harvey tonight as we have thunderstorms, and flash flood warnings popping up. ____________________ Please know that it's normal and don't let anyone tell you it's not or that you are "trippin". That was a traumatic event for many and everyone copes in their own way. __________________________ There is a link in my bio to help you understand what may be happening and how to cope from a great Psychologist Dr. Amber Thornton. See the post to the left for a full description. ____________________________ God bless you and may He give us all peace as our pillow.🙏🏾
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#RP #hurricaneharvey2017 #hurricaineharvey #harvey #houston #htown #thetrey #fifthward #houstonfloods #HoustonFlood #HoustonFlooding #HoustonStrong #Caregiver #Caregivers #Caregiving ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ #HOMAGIMandateMonday #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #Men #MenAndDepression #MenCareToo #menarecaregiverstoo ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Continued from slides above: "The hardest thing I have had to cope with is acknowledging there are three in my marriage – me, my wife and her medical issues," Rosenberger says. "But her courage has touched my soul and keeps me going. When I look at her I don't see the frail, sick, double amputee. I see the most beautiful girl in the world – my sweetheart." As the Numbers Rise, Support Increases Of people age 65 or older, 20 percent will live until age 90. But 1 in 2 Americans will develop dementia after age 85, to name just one chronic illness. The statistics make it clear that more boomers, men and women, will inevitably step into a caregiving role, whether for parents or a spouse. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Men bring some advantages to the role. For example, they appear to cope with the stress inherent in caregiving more successfully than women, according to a 2012 study by researchers at Bowling Green State University. "We found that men seem better at dealing with caregiver stress because they take a 'block and tackle' approach to tasks," says the study's lead author, associate professor I-Fen Lin. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ "They complete a caregiving task and move on to the next thing," she explains. "Conversely, we found women are more socialized to be nurturing than men, but internalize their caregiving performance with constant worry and anxiety, thus leading to higher stress levels and more persistent stress." Rosenberger believes men are more assertive when advocating for loved ones with such authority figures as doctors and hospital staff, demanding straight answers on the condition of their parent or spouse. On the other hand, he says, other male caregivers he has met also struggle with the chaos and fragmentation of the health care system. Men seek to solve problems, he says.." 👇🏾
THANK #HarveyReliefHub and #California and #KansasCity for the love of sending clothing to those who lost everything. Go to Facebook and check out their link! God is amazing!! #Repost @homagi.one (@get_repost) ・・・ #hurricaneharvey2017 #hurricaineharvey #harvey #houston #htown #thetrey #fifthward #houstonfloods #HoustonFlood #HoustonFlooding #HoustonStrong #Caregiver #Caregivers #Caregiving
I posted this two weeks ago PRIOR to going to Houston...little did I know how trivial my idea of being "broke" would seem in comparison to the areas we visited. I hadn't really seen a neighborhood like The Fifth Ward, nor had I ever seen such beautiful homes destroyed by a natural disaster like the ones we saw in Port Arthur, nor an ENTIRE displaced Senior Living Community where they were still required to fork over their rent "despite the circumstances". At the end of the day I felt so grateful and humbled by his experience. This will be a journey to be remembered for a lifetime. I owe a HUGE thank you to every single person that helped, my friends who traveled that road with me and EVERYONE who donated. ~~> Please scroll to the left. #OurHoustonProject #BJsHoustonProject #Houston #HarveyRelief #FifthWard #PortArthur #Beaumont #Katy #When #WorkLife #Meets #RealLife #September #2017 @finally.living @miah_0716 I ❤️you both and there aren't enough words to get you to understand my gratitude.
Maria and I Got up bright and early and dropped off the last of our cases of water and supplies to the Anderson Food Bank in The Fifth Ward...we really really enjoyed talking and interacting with the people down there... #MissionAccomplished #BJSHoustonProject #OurHoustonMission #HoustonProject #TeamRancho #TeamHarveyRelief #HarveyRelief #HurricaneHarvey #Houston #PortArthur #Beaumont #Katy #FifthWard #MariaMaria
#ThisIsFamilyCaregivingToo ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Somewhere out there is a Caregiver who is silently hating themselves for wanting more for their loved one. Guilt is reigning in your life over your failure to embrace disappointment as a natural feeling. _______________________ Somewhere you have "picked up" the idea that you can only feel special about hardships because God gives them to his strongest... ____________________ That's a lie that causes many Caregivers to drive themselves deep into despair, because they can't get past the pain and disappointment they feel for "broken expectations" with their loved one. The dream parenting experience, the dream retirement deferred, the dream marriage derailed, the dream of traveling with a sibling who now can't even leave the house. ___________________________ The contrast between the life you thought you would have and the life you currently have can be light grades apart, and beating yourself up about feeling anger and disappointment for that only prolongs your time in that emotional hell. _________________________ Allowing yourself to feel the emotions and to talk about them openly with a trusted confidant who won't judge you for what is natural is so important. If you can't or do t have that luxury then try writing in a journal about how you feel. Whatever the method you use, talking about how you feel is important. _____________________ With time you will come to accept your new life, until then, cry, and be angry but don't internalize disappointment whatever you do. It's not healthy for you or your loved one. _________________ Being human is liberating. You aren't a robot. Let the feeling(s) come, sit with them, feel them and let them be on their way. Pulling them back takes energy you don't have to waste. ______________________ How to do it? 1️⃣ Why are you disappointed 2️⃣ What did you expect? 3️⃣Why? 4️⃣What isn't working? 5️⃣ How bad is it really? 6️⃣ Can you change it? 7️⃣ What are the steps to change it? 8️⃣ Do you need help? Embrace and reinforce what you cannot change, strengthen what is weak. can't change is out of your control and beating yourself up for it doesn't change it.
Met some AMAZING people who work in the Fifth Ward area of Houston. This was the first time in my life I had seen a neighborhood like this...this whole experience has just made me so grateful for everything I have...and how minute all of my little complaints are! Happy to work for a great company that allows me the opportunity to do things like this! #BJsHoustonProject #HoustonProject #Houston #HarveyRelief #HurricaneHarvey #Harvey #FifthWard #PortArthur #Beaumont #Katy #When #WorkLife #Meets #RealLife #TeamRancho
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Fifth Ward Houston. Now headed to Port Arthur AND Beaumont! Please follow me on Snapchat : HerrSheKiss or watch my InstaStory if you are interested in details of what we are doing and who we are donating to!!! Met some AMAZING people already ~~> @_qlov_ and @iamtonyaprince #BJsHoustonProject #HoustonProject #HarveyRelief #HurricaneRelief #HurricaneHarvey #Houston #FifthWard #PortArthur #Beaumont #Texas #When #WorkLife #Meets #RealLife #NewFriends #UniversityOfPhoenix #FifthWardMultiServiceCenter #SickleCellAssociation
I called this back on September 8th....Damn that was fast! The last two slides are where I talked about US getting ready for the real work... 🚨🚨🚨No one is considering the trauma these families have already endured and the amount of stress on these babies this is causing. I may have gone quiet but I ain't sleep. I'm working!!! ____________________________ RED CROSS FLYER INDICATES HARVEY EVACUEES MAY MOVE TO NORTHWEST MALL "A Red Cross flyer given out to evacuees at the GRB indicates people unable to find alternate housing will be moved to a new shelter set up at 9500 Hempstead Road, which is the address for the Northwest Mall. The flyer says the Red Cross will provide transportation to the site along with boxes and bags to move belongings. Hundreds of hurricane victims found themselves caught in the middle of conflicting information Thursday over what the future holds for their transitional housing needs. At a morning news conference at City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke of a $9 million long-term housing plan for the remaining evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter.... .... The city's goal is to place people in more long-term housing, and it's spending some $9 million to help do that. Turner doesn't expect to satisfy every one of the evacuees still housed at the GRB, which includes about 300 people who were homeless before the flood. “Just because we provide you with housing doesn't mean that people are going to accept that – so we're going to do our best – we're not going to tell people, you know, get out! You know, find your place," the mayor said. On Thursday, the Red Cross prematurely announced that GRB evacuees would be moved to the old Northwest Mall. According to a Red Cross official on Friday, that is no longer an option. Other suitable locations are being evaluated. KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com will continue to follow this story on air and online throughout the day...." See more at the link below: http://www.khou.com/mobile/article/weather/harvey/red-cross-flyer-indicates-harvey-evacuees-will-move-to-northwest-mall/474867725?akamai-feo=off
#hurricaneharvey2017 #hurricaineharvey #harvey #houston #htown #thetrey #fifthward #houstonfloods #HoustonFlood #HoustonFlooding #HoustonStrong #Caregiver #Caregivers #Caregiving ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Hurricanes' toll on mental health will linger September 14, 2017 ______________________________ HealthDay)—Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts say. _________________________ Everybody who has been in a disaster is changed permanently in some way. You never forget it," said Dr. Carol North, a crisis psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. __________________ North has studied thousands of survivors of major disasters, such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings. ________________ "Even though people are permanently changed by going through a disaster, they need not be damaged by their experience," she said in a medical center news release. _________________ Many people experience anxiety, lack of sleep, nightmares or irritability after a traumatic event, but most recover within weeks to months. However, some people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and take years, or even decades, to recover. ________________ PTSD occurs in about 4 percent of Americans who go through a natural disaster, according to North, but that rate can be as high as one-third among those most affected by the worst disasters. ________________ North outlined some coping techniques for people with short-term symptoms of mental stress after a disaster. These techniques include: Distraction through activities, such as games, music, movies or social events; Deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises; Seeking comfort from family, friends and others; and Temporary use of medications to ease anxiety and improve sleep. Dr. James Norcross, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said that parents can help children recover after a natural disaster by remaining calm and reassuring. He also suggested that parents limit children's exposure to news reports on television or social media
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Please join @ihwsh_tx and me for dinner @canopyhouston this Tuesday, September 19, to raise funds and collect feminine hygiene products for women and single mothers impacted by Harvey in the greater Northeast Houston communities of Trinity Gardens, Kashmere Gardens, and Fifth Ward. . Claire Smith, Kaitlin Steets, and Karen Man are cooking, and tickets are just $55 each! . For tickets and more information, visit illhavewhatsheshaving.org . #ClaireSmith #KaitlinSteets #KarenMan #women #IHWSH #girlpower #HarveyRelief #NortheastHouston #femalechefs #Houston #HoustonStrong #TrinityGardens #KashmereGardens #FifthWard
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#ThisIsFamilyCaregivingToo Creating a support system for yourself is very important, but starts with taking the action to ask for help. Not everyone will be willing. Sometimes it means leaving the comfort of your community to get the resources you and your loved one(s) need. ____________________________________ There won't be people lining up at your door to help you but you know this already. Sometimes we have to create our own opportunities and resources. Sometimes it means taking the bus or train to the other side of town to get the help that you need. Many of us Caregivers find ourselves in the bind of finanacial restrictions when it comes to finding the help that our loved one needs. Not many programs are in place to help those who don't have a "golden parachute" when things go south, or a cadillac medical plan that provides what we need without months on waiting lists. This life as a Mental Health Family Caregiver requires perseverance and a "knock down 7 times get up 8" type of attitude. It's not easy digging through the BS to find the password to unlock the resources that you need but if you keep searching and keep asking for help you will create the opportunities that you need. You are your loved ones advocate. You have to get up when you don't feel like it and keep going when you want to quit. ___________________________________ We live in an age of technology where almost anything is at our fingertips with our cell phone. The scariest thing to do is to move where you know no one and start a life for you and your loved one, but if you don't have the help that you need, that may be your only hope. I hear from Caregivers who are in places where there are no resources for them an their loved ones plus there is no support from family, friends, or community. I ask, "what have you got to loose? Reach out to other organizations who have the ability and the resources to help you and ask them for help. Who knows what may come of your faith once you step out.
Social Support: A Mental Health Caregivers Plight - Where Are Our Villages? September 13, 2017 | La Shawn Splane Wilburn, Founder of Homagi "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." --Karl A. Menniger According to an AARP report in 2015, there are 39.8 million Caregivers in the United States. Of that number there are lots of caregivers who care for loved ones with mental illnesses but what is most astounding are the possibilities of the number being greater because mental health caregivers, probably amongst many caregivers, may not come forward to say they are caregivers; worse yet are the people who are undiagnosed and an individual who's caring for them doesn't know they are a caregiver. Of all of the caregivers who care for loved ones with long term illnesses, Mental Health Caregivers, or those who care for loved ones with a mental illness, are the least supported. Stigmas surrounding mental illness are part to blame, but as any caregiver knows many people are not quite sure how to be of support to a caregiver. Those of us who care for loved ones with a mental illness face the "disbelief" that there is even an illness, as mental illness is still viewed as an "invisible illness". Part of what makes it hard for an individual to recover from an mental illness is also part of what makes supporting a loved one with a mental illness difficult as well. Stigmas attached to mental illness pegs it as an illness of lazy, unmotivated, and weak people who will do anything to get attention. Caregivers face scrutiny on a daily basis as they are accused of "enabling" a loved ones bad behavior or of refusing to see the "reality" of what is really happening. There are no groups of friends and neighbors lining up at our doors with food and warm blankets to wrap us up in to feel all warm, cozy, and supported. Much of what we do is in the shadows and in the recesses of lonely hallways and waiting rooms...." ____________________________ See more at: Homagi.Org or at the active link in the bio. Click "Check Out Our Blog"
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#ThisIsFamilyCaregivingToo ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Sometimes we must make the hard choices and stand on them. It does not make us popular. By nature most caregivers are nurturers and would very much rather dress a wound than to feel responsible for causing one. One of the most difficult acts for me in the beginning of our journey was to stand on my ground when I gave house rules and they were continuously broken, or when I said I wouldn't bail my son out of another 3 day notice or a host of other "this is the last times". I wasn't helping him I was harming him and delaying his progress. As Family Caregivers we think most times with our emotions and many times our fear get the best of us. We'd rather give in than to have them leave home and not call for a week and not know if they are okay. That is manipulation and if we are not careful we can assist them in destroying any and all progress they have made. Look at your situation. What is it you are allowing just so there are no arguments or "MIA" weekends where you are up all night babysitting the phone and praying they are not into some trouble or "using" again. Be strong and firm yet loving. "I Love you and I want you to be your best self and you can only do that by being responsible for your actions and your mental health recovery, and taking your medication and seeing your psychiatrist or psychologist or therapist is part of that..." you can fill in the blanks, only you know your circumstances. Don't be an enabler, that is a disservice to both your loved one, you, your spouse and other family members in the home and on the support team. Be supportive and assist your loved one in meeting their goals and acquiring the tools and supplies they need to be successful. Don't hand them a broom and say go clean it up...when they are trying be supportive and help where you can, they can stand on their own - occasionally they may need you to lean on, but they are stronger than you think. Letting them make mistakes and learn from them allows growth. They don't need constant reminders of how they "messed up" the last time, they already know, they put it on repeat in their minds and beat themselves up about it
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One of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to take time to be quiet. At a time when so many things in our world are commanding our attention, we have to sometimes make a conscious decision to "get off" the "info-train" so that our minds can have a moment to rest. _____________________________ One of the many things I have learned during my new life with depression and anxiety(3years now) is the importance of taking the time to give my mind, body, and spirit a chance to "just be". Stopping all negative stimulation like: noise, light, speaking(when we are stressed), movement (working on chores etc.) helps us to recharge. __________________________ I use a breathing exercise I learned watching a Ted Talk...I'm not sure if the count is identical to that but it irks for me, and it's what stuck: 1️⃣ Breathe in for a count of 8 2️⃣ Hold for a count of 7 3️⃣Release for a count of 8 I do that for a minimum of 3 minutes. A bonus is to hum as you release the air from your lungs. It's so relaxing! _____________________ SelfCare Means taking time for yourself, doing what brings you pleasure or joy. I hope you find some time to just breathe today.
A word for us all ... There was a housing crisis before this Hurricane showed up and it was a mental health crisis before as well. It's important to keep this at the front of our minds because when the wealthy stadium owners want their stadiums back, many of those without homes will be "thrust" into the reality of the shortage of housing. I shouldn't have to remind anyone that POC's face great challenges without the current factors to complicate their search. If you are a shelter or have considered opening one please push forward in doing so. There are plenty of people willing to help and volunteer now but longevity becomes a factor. Treating people with dignity and respect go a long way. Natural disasters affect us all and is the great equalizer only for so long. Federal dollars will make whole communities that have the least of POC's. Get mad if you want to but that's real ish. It will take people who can see past themselves and the amount of "unpaid" labor and pooling of people capital and resources. Please let that be you and please bring some folks with you.
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#HOMAGIFunDaMentalFriday #BlackTwitter #minoritymentalhealthmonth #Suicide #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Caregiver #Caregiving #Caregivers #consciousness #conscious #consciouscommunity #consciousmusic #ChesterBennington #linkinpark ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ ‼️‼️Trigger Warning ‼️‼️ ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Read "The Reality of Suicide in the Black Community" _________________________ "Talking about suicide is hard, for several reasons. Not only are we constantly combating the stigma of mental health in general, but we also are frequently turning our backs to the reality of suicide in our communities. No one wants to talk about if or when they may have felt suicidal. Rarely do we hear about those lost by suicide or the impact that was had on their friends or family members. Suicide has a way of leaving an eerily quiet and lingering trial of guilt, sadness, shame, and isolation, which further perpetuates stigma...." Read more at the active link in the bio or go to: http://www.dramberthornton.com/blog/the-reality-of-suicide-in-the-black-community 👂🏾👂🏾Active link in the bio ☝🏾
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The Fifth Ward Enrichment Program has partnered with the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston and the Emerging 100 of Houston to distribute supplies to Hurricane Harvey flood victims. If you were impacted, please come by to receive water, clothes, diapers, baby food, non-perishable food, cleaning products mattresses and box springs. Spread the word! #hurricaneharvey #Houston #Texas #Recovery #100BlackMen #Emerging100 #5thward #FifthWard #HoustonProud #HoustonStrong
#HOMAGIThankYouThursday #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Gratitude #mindfulness #Mindful #Release #Thankful #Thanks ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ That can sound ridiculous and like I'm blowing smoke up your butt but humor has bought and paid in full sanity for me. I say to myself and family no one would believe this if I showed them the proof. We have a laugh about it and get on with life! ________________________________ 4. I take my supplements and I take my medication. I embrace that they are tools that help me cope until I'm stronger. I tell people to look at them as a cast that allows you to heal and eventually you can walk again with little help or assistance. It's not always forever that you take medication, but it can give you a quality of life...kinda like taking heart medication to live. _________________________________________ 5. Create and keep a schedule for: medication, outside exposure to nature, meditation and mindfulness, food intake, drops in mood or sleep. This helps you to back track when you are feeling low. I discovered an allergy to white rice doing this. It makes me heavy and sleepy. Who feels like being positive when their tired? __________________________________________ sugar and cut back on processed flours...I am still struggling with this I will be honest. I get up at 4AM to pray and meditate. If I don't I notice a slump in my day. It has a negative impact on my day. I take mindful breaks throughout my day as many times as time allows but consistently 3 times a day in addition to my morning meditation. The time that I stay in isn't always the same as there may be days my anxiety wins. I go back to the corner drop my gloves and let anxiety flex for a minute, catch my breath, then go back in and put anxiety on its back. That's my metaphor and imagery/visualization that makes me successful. You have to find your motivation and what empowers you. 6. I start over every day. That's why I'm here. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
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This Peabody credenza was trashed. I had to take it apart and replace the wood because of water damage. Decided to get it done in white. 👌🏻 DM for info. #lawrencepeabody #Midcenturymodern #mke #milwaukee #fifthward #walkerspoint #chicago #madison #dwell #modernhome #interior123 #scandistyle #designspiration #atomicranch #vintagefurniture #finditstyleit #interiordecorating #moderninteriors #currentdesignsituation #design #interiordesign
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