Welcome – we care (free poster)

Welcome – we care (free poster)

Free poster for non profit use welcoming those asking for help. “Welcome – you have our respect and support. We care.” Mixed media painting by Helen Wilding

Exhaustion

Exhaustion

The sheer exhaustion of caring for a young adolescent experiencing a mental health crisis – one parent's story.

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I am grieving

I am grieving

I have been overwhelmed by a sudden rush of sadness lately, and I’m trying hard to shake it off … a mental health carer's grief over years lost to illness. Please register and login to read more.
Drained

Drained

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“Self combusting”

“Self combusting”

"Self combusting" – art journal and story of a mental health carer overwhelmed by the emotions of caring for a loved one with a mental illness.

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I’m not a clinician

I’m not a clinician

I'm not trained for this.

I don't have university qualifications in psychology, or social work, or psychiatry. I haven't been taught how to manage mental illness. I haven't sat through lectures on diagnosis. I haven't been taught how to respond to someone who wants to die. I haven't written a thesis on dealing with self harm. I don't know how to assess suicide risk. I don't know how to tell whether a crisis can be contained at home or whether a hospital admission is necessary …

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When darkness descends

When darkness descends

When a loved one is in crisis it can feel like a cloud or darkness descending. What is it like for the family? One carer’s story.

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I don’t know what to ask

I don’t know what to ask

Mental health carers are often asked if they have any questions – but what happens if you don't know what to ask? One carer's story and suggestions. Please register and login to read more.