Recently I wrote a blog for Mental Health Conference This Can Happen about being a working carer and how employers can help so I’ve shared it below:
It’s a weird sentence saying that really. We generally associate grief with the loss of someone (or something) that is no longer here, so their physical presence being gone from all existence.
What do those inspirational quotes say…if you don’t experience the negative, you can’t truly experience the positive…well something along those lines, and it really is true. We all go through challenges and upsets; life is like one giant maze that we’re constantly trying to navigate through. This means we can get lost along the way, experience the highs when we see the light but also the lows when there’s only darkness to be seen. And I feel that about caring for mum.
If your loved one has recently received a diagnosis of dementia, it can present a whole range of feelings for both them and you. It is completely ok and natural to feel an array of emotions – from anger, tearfulness, frustration, sadness, guilt, loss and fear. These are common reactions and it would be good to try and ensure you give yourself time to manage these feelings.
For the past year, I have been working on the We Care Campaign, which has been developed in partnership with Samaritans, Govia Thameslink Railway, Metro Bank and Mental Health Advocates Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn.
The amazing Samaritans offer an invaluable listening service which helps sooooo many people. To show them and the world how fantastic they are, I am running a half-marathon in aid of them on 14th October 2018 🙂
During 2018’s Dementia Action Week, I created five short videos on tips for people living with dementia and those who support them. The videos cover the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, resources and support services and making your home dementia-friendly.
I was about 20 when I felt the full-force of supporting my mum. It wasn’t unexpected … in my late teens she used to call me a lot … some friends would comment “Is it your mum AGAIN?!” and yes it was.
She needed me. She needed to hear my voice, she needed my reassurance, my support and me to listen to her hourly struggles in order to decipher a world she has never truly felt part of.