This week I am exploring the emotional and psychological elements of caring for a friend or loved one from a distance and provide some activities to manage and reduce the guilt and stress that can be associated with being a carer or caregivers in these circumstances.
This is the third and final interview in the series for March Male Carers Month and we are really lucky to have Brian Day with us today. Brian is a husband, father, and a working carer and campaigner supporting working carers in his workplace and across lots of different government departments.
This week I am exploring why it matters to recognise and support men’s mental wellbeing; how we are doing this in “March Male Carers Month 2021” and how we would like to continue with this in the future, by collaborating with carers support groups and organisations supporting men’s mental health.
We are honoured to be able to interview Greg Smith, founder of Men Care Too in Tasmania, Australia, and ask him some questions about his experiences of being a male carer, the emotional and psychological challenges he faces in that role and the work he does to support other male carers.
This week I am exploring what the term ‘Compassion Fatigue’ means in the caring context, why it is important to recognise its effect on your physical and psychological wellbeing and provide some activities to manage and reduce it.
This week I am exploring how you can start or continue a conversation with your line manager or employer about being a working carer; why it is important to have that conversation for both of you, even if it might seem daunting, and some suggestions and resources to prepare, which will help to reduce negative thoughts and feelings, give you more confidence and hopefully, result in a positive outcome for you and them.