Depression, Anxiety & Suicidal Thoughts in Caregivers
It can be difficult for caregivers to shift from being the providers of care, to asking for help for ourselves. Sometimes, our attention can become so focused on the needs of others – our patients, colleagues, family members, and friends – that it can be tough to notice ourselves slipping into risky or self-harming patterns, thoughts, and behaviors. The articles and screening tools listed below are intended to be a starting point for those who have questions or concerns about how they or their colleagues are doing.
- Black Bile: A website dedicated to physicians suffering from depression, and those who care about them.
- How to Reach Out to a Colleague in Distress.
- Nurse Suicide: Breaking the Silence.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
- Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness in Physicians.
- Physician Suicide Letters.
- Mental Health America: Depression Screening.
- Mental Health America: Anxiety Screening.
- Mental Health America: Alcohol or Substance Abuse Screening.
- Anxiety & Depression Association of America: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Screening.
If after reading any of these articles or completing the screening questionnaires, you feel like having a discussion about your personal wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to take the next step and reach out to any one of the following resources:
- Dr. Vanessa Downing, Liaison to Behavioral Health Resources.
- Vital Work-Life (Username: CCHS, Password: member or call 877-731-3949)
- Care for the Caregiver
Employed providers and their covered dependents can also seek assistance from CareNow.