May is Mental Health month, an important time to highlight resources and validate caregiver challenges.
OCO has a range of supports for caregivers related to mental health and has compiled resources that address the unique needs of caregivers supporting someone with a mental health challenge.
OCO resources and supports include webinars about caregiver well-being,
e-Learning and educational resources, as well as SCALE (Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment). These programs were strategically created to align with caregiver needs. To better understand caregivers, The Spotlight Report provides further insights on caregiver needs. The findings report 42% of caregivers feel their mental health is worse now than a year ago, 46% of caregivers experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, and 61% feel overwhelmed. This data also provides clarity on where the greatest challenges exist in the caregiving journey so OCO can continue to direct and refine its resources for caregivers.
We understand caregivers face unique challenges and issues when caring for someone with mental health needs and that caregiver mental health must always be prioritized. To view mental health supports and tools for caregivers visit our website.