Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual nationwide movement observed in May across the United States since 1949. This year, our focus is on caregivers and the critical need to advocate for their emotional well-being. While caring for a loved one with an illness, caregivers often face significant challenges that can take a toll on their mental health and overall well-being.
Caring for someone with an illness or injury is particularly demanding, as caregivers must balance their own mental well-being with that of the person under their care. Despite the emotional burden of caregiving, the impact on the caregiver is often overlooked. Caregivers are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, burnout, and other mental health issues than the general population. Studies suggest that approximately 53% of caregivers experience a decline in their health, while 70% of caregivers struggle with their own mental health issues.
At TeachAids, we recognize the importance of supporting caregivers, promoting overall well-being, and providing tools, resources, and skills to promote mental health. Our Concussion Story Wall features over one hundred stories from the perspective of caregivers for individuals who have suffered injuries in accidents, military service, and sports.
You can listen to caregiver stories on soccer, basketball and cycling through our playlists, or search for stories related to your own experiences on the Concussion Story Wall. Increasing awareness about the emotional toll of caregiving can lead to more meaningful conversations about caregivers’ mental health and help to protect this crucial and essential workforce. We are dedicated to serving those who selflessly serve others.
By prioritizing caregivers’ mental health and providing resources for support, we can help to ensure that caregivers can continue to provide the best possible care for their loved ones while also maintaining their own well-being.
In 2022, TeachAids was named winner of the Sharecare Awards in the Caregiving Award category. Established by Sharecare (Nasdaq: SHCR) in association with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter (NY NATAS), the Sharecare Awards promote and reward excellence for the best productions and programming in health and well-being.