As parent carers, our own wellbeing is often bottom of the list. The to do list at home and at work is seemingly endless leaving little if any time for ourselves.
I learnt the hard way that putting everybody else’s needs first comes with a heavy price. For me, it was when work created demands beyond what was reasonable.
Six months after I wrote that post I was buried under a wave of what my GP called ‘burnout and vital exhaustion’. Imploding was inevitable really, particularly when there was no space or time to recover at home.
Since then, I’ve been trying to find my own path to improving my mental health and wellbeing. It’s a long road. There is no ‘big red button’ to push for help.
But there were things that me, my employer and the many health, social care and local authority teams that are in our lives as a result of having a disabled child could have done to help protect my wellbeing, if only we had known what they were.
Parent carer wellbeing is important. We are our child’s parents, advocates, carers, nurses, translators and administrators.
In the eyes of the state we are expensive to replace.
In the eyes of our children, irreplaceable.
We need help and support to stay well.
Flexibility at work. Sometimes emotional support.
Understanding, clear communication and human conversation from professionals.
Early and proactive intervention to provide professional mental and emotional wellbeing and resilience counselling.
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