You Care, Help Share!
2019 National Mental Health Month
A Campaign to Deliver Encouragement and Education to Caregivers Supporting Loved Ones with Depression or Bipolar Disorder
Number of Care Packages Donated
“Thank you to everyone who cared enough to share our messages, post your stories, and donate caregiver care packages. Your support and generosity made this campaign successful. Stay tuned for more information about the care packages!”
Do you know?
Caregivers of people with depression or bipolar disorder play a crucial role in their loved ones’ lives.
Parents, spouses, siblings, and other relatives are often the first to notice when their loved one isn’t doing well. Family members are in the strongest position to step in if their loved one needs help with their everyday life.
Caregivers often struggle with understanding mood disorders and knowing how to be a partner in treatment.
Although family caregivers spend an average of 31.8 hours a week assisting their loved ones, they sometimes struggle with understanding depression and bipolar disorder, how they can support treatment, and how to navigate the healthcare system.
With education and support, family caregivers can have a major impact on their loved one’s wellbeing.
In a recent study, teens (participants aged 13-17) with previous hospitalizations for suicide attempts who elected to have caring adults receive education and support were more likely to be alive 11 to 14 years later.
Families for Depression Awareness led a campaign in May 2019 to encourage and educate family caregivers. Through the distribution of caregiver education materials and a social media calendar of activities, we aimed to help caregivers all across the U.S. get the support they need to be effective partners in care.
How you helped
You downloaded our social media kit and shared information about the You Care, Help Share campaign with friends and family.
You donated 118 caregiver care packages, which will go to individual families and families associated with the FOCUS Project, The Federation of Families of South Carolina, and NAMI Brazos Valley.
You held your own fundraisers online or in your community to support our mission and distribute more care packages.
You followed our campaign calendar and engaged in the coordinated activities.
Why care packages?
In addition to support, family caregivers need educational resources. Our CAREGIVER CARE PACKAGES, each delivered in a reusable tote bag, include
Our suite of educational publications including our brand-new 50+ page Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder handbook, Adult Depression Guide, brochures of family stories, and Coping with Stress brochure
An inspirational caregiver magnet
A letter of encouragement from a Families for Depression Awareness volunteer.