Living with and caring for someone with a chronic illness or disability can present many unique challenges of its own. According to the Mental Health Commission of NSW
, 1 in 3 carers are living with high to very high levels of distress. This demanding role carries high risk of burn out and development of mental health problems.
Carers can benefit from setting aside a regular therapy time to attend to their own needs around resolving grief, learning better stress management approaches, and managing trauma reactions.
There are other supportive resources available to carers that is worth taking a look at: Carers NSW
and more specifically for carers of people with a mental illness, the Family and Carers Mental Health Program