How difficult is it to become a caregiver in an environment that considers mental illness taboos and belittles caregiver?

  • Across Asia, mental health continues to be a taboo topic. In such societies, I imagine caregivers face even greater stigma and hesitate to speak out or seek help. What are some things or norms in your societies that you feel greatly disadvantages caregivers? How can we get through these situations? What are the important things we can do to help alleviate stigma?

  • @lynnchan1 Less or more but Mental illness has taboo world over , people are bound to talk but we have to see what is good for our loved one ( sick person ) Exceptance is a major key—-Once you (caregivers ) except then you become stronger to face others . People talks due to lack of awareness but now you are aware & strengthen your self . Your confidence- of dealing makes you bold then you will be able to answer or avoid if you don’t want to answer it’s ok —but don’t let it get effected by anyone’s Say . Believe me only first time requires a guts but then it start becoming easier & easier.

  • Caregivers are an important but often neglected group in our society. The challenges that those with mental health issues face are also borne by their caregivers, including difficulties such as the lack of awareness of their plight and the stigma against mental health. The caregivers in our midst are ‘hidden heroes’, as they resolutely support their loved ones and serve as a pillar of support to them. It is a labour of love for caregivers. Without caregivers, persons with mental health issues would not have the same quality care and support that they need in their recovery journeys. Nevertheless, caring for persons with mental health issues is not easy, and caregivers can be prone to breakdowns as well. They need support as well.

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