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  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
  • Sat, September 23, 2017

Caregiver Fatigue and Crisis Prevention

alone-manIt’s not always rainbows and lollipops…  Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may not be able to pull yourself out of the fog.  Sleep deprivation, improper diet, sustained frustration and exhaustion are common with being a primary caregiver.  Circumstances like these can compound any feelings of solitude or helplessness, possibly leading to irrational or unsafe thoughts.  Far too many tragedies have occurred when someone waits too long to find others and seek help.

You can view WebMD’s symptoms of Caregiver Burnout for further clarification or this PDF file from the American Heart Association about what it is and how to take steps to prevent it.

While I hope you never feel this way, here are some resources to help you in a time of crisis:

National Hopeline Network

All the information listed below can also be found at www.hopeline.com or you can reach it by clicking the link above.

(800)442-4673 …..1-800-442-HOPE

(877)838-2838 …..1-877-Vet2Vet  Veterans peer support line

(800)784-2432 …..1-800-SUICIDA  Spanish speaking suicide hotline

(877)968-8454 …..1-877-YOUTHLINE  Teen to teen peer counseling hotline

(800)472-3457 …..1-800-GRADHLP  Grad student hotline

(800)773-6667 …..1-800-PPD-MOMS  Post-partum depression hotline

Also referenced on the National Hopeline Network are the following resources for crisis intervention:

www.IMALIVE.org
The first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention.

www.7cupsoftea.com
7 Cups of Tea is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through this network.

 

 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

According to their website, your call is confidential, free and you can call anytime for any reason.

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

National Alliance for Mental Illness
NAMI.org

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP.org