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Awareness for caregivers

Mere Naleba
Friday, June 13, 2014

CAREgivers of persons living with a mental illness should know that they are also protected under the Mental Health Decree 2010.

In a workshop titled cry for help — suicide prevention, a training conducted for counsellors and youth leaders who can offer peer support in their communities, also focused on the area of caregivers and how they are protected under the decree.

While many patients often need round-the-clock help, it is important that caregivers also take time to practise self care.

"There is still a lot that needs to be done through increasing awareness and caregivers to have space where they can share their stories and feed other caregivers in better providing for their family members living with a mental illness," Youth Champs for Mental Health facilitator Pene Nakaora said.

Mr Nakaora said caregivers or carers were at times neglected and should know that they were also protected under the decree.

"Carers should learn and understand their responsibilities as well as their rights under the decree," he said.

Mr Nakaora a carer himself, said while the rights of a patient were protected under the decree, the caregiver was also protected on the grounds that best care should be provided to caregivers, support groups, and families of people living with a mental illness.

Mr Nakaora is thankful for the formation of the Family Support Network that provides valuable information to help carers.








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