Wed, May 24|
TERM 2 Caring for Carers : Monthly Skills Based Support Group
A monthly skills based workshop & support group designed to enhance and teach skills and offer a safe space for carers who are supporting their loved one through their mental illness.
Time & Location
May 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hamilton, 97 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K6, Canada
About the event
Caring for Carers is a support and skill building group.
This group was originally created to help bridge the gap in services, and help support carers. Due to lack of services available carers often end up in the position of supporting loved ones through their Mental Illness. We have found that individuals who are caring for someone with a Mental Health diagnosis are often caring for others in their lives. In our more recent groups our converstions have grown and we recognize that the role of "carer" is often never ending.
"People who were already bearing intense loads are facing more strain, stress and precariousness
In the broadest sense, the “sandwich generation” is the “caught in the middle” generation who have living parents and children. More specifically, the term often refers to middle-aged people who support both their parents and their children, whether financially, physically or emotionally. Multigenerational needs have become even more pressing during the Covid-19 pandemic, with record numbers of adult children moving back home and with elderly parents needing new forms of care.
The pandemic has put many in untenable positions; people who were already bearing intense loads are facing more strain, stress and precariousness. This pressure is only mounting on the sandwich generation, as support and vital resources are scarce. So, as more millennials become caught in the middle, there’s one major question: how, exactly, do we care for the carers?"
This group is the perfect space to explore strategies around coping with Carer guilt, burn out and worry. We come together for 90 minutes a month to share space and skills and we grow together along the way.
This group may be appropriate for:
- Individuals (parents, friends, spouses) who are supporting a loved one who may be struggling with Anxiety, Self Esteem challenges, Inability to attend school, Eating Disorders, Depression etc.
- Individuals who are open to learning strategies, skills and discussing the challenges that come with learning to navigate Mental Illness in the home.
- Individuals who are feeling the impact of carer burn out (feeling tired, hopeless, agitated, confused and scared).
- Individuals who would benefit from a check in and connect with others in similar positions.
- Individuals who have recently been through a challenging time with their loved one and want to maintain support.
Each evening will include a group check in, a facilitator led topic presentation and open discussion.
This group will be a CLOSED group limited to 10 people. Your registration is for all 6 sessions and the group members will stay the same for 6 months. After every 6 month interval we will open it up to others to join. This helps with consistency and allows for us to pick up each month and hold each other accountable with any goals or intentions made.
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-No matter how you go about getting the caregiver support you need, the advantages of joining a support group are endless. Some of the benefits you’ll experience include: A chance to share common experiences. If you feel like you’re the only one who is dealing with a difficult caregiving situation, a support group can put that idea to rest. You’ll meet individuals who probably experience very similar situations day in and day out, and just talking about them gives peace of mind and can lead to you being a better caregiver, plus validate any feelings you might be having.
-Learn coping strategies. Support groups offer a way to learn new coping strategies by talking to others. Even when you feel like you’re doing just fine, caregiving duties can ultimately begin to take a toll. You’ll be able to discuss what worked for others, finding solutions to common issues.
-Receive affirmation that attending to your own needs is vital. Caregivers can often feel guilty about leaving their loved one for any length of time, taking the full burden of their care needs. However, support groups can reaffirm the importance of taking care of yourself; that it’s not selfish to attend to your own needs.
-Form friendships to help avoid isolation. Isolation can also become a problem for caregivers, who get so involved in caregiving that their world becomes quite limited. A support group provides not only a way to meet new friends with common interests, but also to avoid isolation that can lead to loneliness and depression.
-The opportunity to help others. The skills you’ve acquired as a caregiver can be shared with others. In a caregivers support group, you’ll be able to support and help others while receiving the support you need, too.
-This group is for you if you have attended any of the Caring For Carers workshops Carly has run over the years and found them helpful. You don't need to be in crisis to attend this group and we very much encourage parents to attend to get support for their own emotional health vs. finding ways to help the person they are supporting only.
Facilitated by: Carly Crawford, Registered Psychotherapist
Investment is $70.00 +HST per group
**Receipt provided for insurance purposes.
Payment is due the Monday before the group confirm attendance.