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Get In the Know about Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! Are your caregivers prepared to handle the challenges that go along with caring for clients with mental health-related challenges?

Now you can find out.  Download the Caregiver Challenge: Get In the Know Now about Mental Health. Distribute it to your Caregivers to measure and boost their awareness of common mental health issues.

What’s Inside:

  • A thought-provoking quiz for caregivers,
  • Tips on recognizing the signs of depression, and
  • An explanation of how to help someone who may be a hoarder.

Mental Health is Connected to Overall Health

Mental health is a vital part of overall health. It affects how people think, feel, and behave. And even though our senior clients often “seem okay,” nearly 20 percent of people over age 60 suffer from some type of mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, hoarding disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Yet, less than 3 percent seek help for their problem.

What can your caregivers do?

  • How do your caregivers communicate with someone who is depressed?
  • Do they know what to do if a client is suicidal?
  • How can caregivers help a client who has OCD, or has been a lifelong hoarder?

If you’re unsure of how your team will handle these sensitive situations, then it’s time for training!

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