Depression and Relative Caregivers
With funding from the Brookdale Foundation, ParentLink has created Restore: A Support Group Curriculum on Depression in Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers. This 6 lession curriculum is designed for use in a support group setting and was reviewed by MU Psychiatrist Dr. Laine Young-Walker. The lessons are as follows: Stress and Relative Caregivers; Defining Depression; Getting Help for Depression, Part 1--Therapies; Getting Help for Depression, Part 2--Medications; Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle and Preventing Symptoms of Depression; and Support Networks. A DVD of video clips featuring Dr. Young-Walker and local grandparents also accompanies the curriculum. For more information about this curriculum, contact ParentLink at email@example.com or call 573-882-7321.
For Missouri residents, ParentLink's WarmLine Family Support Specialists are available 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Family Support Specialists offer problem-solving support and and referrals to appropriate services. If you would like to talk with a ParentLink WarmLine Specialist, call toll-free: 1-800-552-8522, or locally: 573-882-7321, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some resources and articles for Relative Caregivers on the topic of depression and other mental health concerns:
Websites and Toll-Free Numbers:
- Missouri Department of Mental Health: www.dmh.mo.gov, 1-800-364-9687
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Mental Health: www.mentalhealth.gov/index.html
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of MO: www.nami.org/sites/MO, 573-634-7727 or 1-800-374-2138
- National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), www.DBSAlliance.org, 1-800-273-TALK
- Burrell Behavioral Health Central Region (24-hour crisis hotline): 1-800-395-2132
- ParentLink: 1-800-552-8522
Depression Screening Tool:
For questions or additional resources, call ParentLink Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, at 1-800-552-8522.
Understanding Depression www.webmd.com/depression/guide/understanding-depression-prevention
Stress and Depression www.webmd.com/depression/features/stress-depression?print=true#
Understanding Effective Treatment www.apapracticecentral.org/outreach/depression.pdf
Medicines to Help You www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/FreePublications/UCM182083.pdf
Information for Children and Adolescents:
Depression in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet) (National Institute of Mental Health)
A fact sheet that describes the development in our understanding of how depression affects children and adolescents and the direction of future research.
Depression in Children and Teens Overview http://www.webmd.com/depression/tc/depression-in-childhood-and-adolescence-topic-overview
Information for Adults:
Depression and Older Adults Facts and Overview dmh.mo.gov/docs/mentalillness/elderlydepress.pdf
Men and Depression, National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/men-and-depression/men-and-depression.pdf
Understanding Mental Health:
Understanding Mental Illness dmh.mo.gov/mentalillness/UnderstandingMentalIllness_000.pdf
ABC's to Mental Illness dmh.mo.gov/docs/mentalillness/abcs.pdf
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet) (National Institute of Mental Health)
A fact sheet that describes the development in our understanding of how bipolar disorder affects children and adolescents and the direction of future research.
How to Find Help:
How to Choose a Psychologist www.apa.org/helpcenter/choose-therapist.aspx
How to Find a Therapist www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/how-to-find-therapist
Therapists Who Can Help You Heal www.helpguide.org/mental/psychotherapy_therapist_counseling.htm
Readings to Help Reduce Stress and Provide Self-Care:
Fast Way to Reduce Stress www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediation/HQ01070
Take Care of Your Spirit www.liveyourlifewell.org/go/live-your-life-well/spirit
Social Support for Good Health missourifamilies.org/features/healtharticles/health6.htm