Welcome to ‘Sharing the Caring Journey – Online!’
Sharing the Caring Journey – Online, is MHCN’s Mental Health Month project, funded by a WayAhead grant. WayAhead’s Mental Health Month theme for this year is ‘Tune In’. What does it mean to ‘Tune In’? Well, tuning in means being present. It means being aware of what is happening within you and in the world around you. Being present by tuning in has been shown to build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry and build positive connections (WayAhead 2020)
You can tune into many things: yourself, others, your communities and stigma. MHCN chose to tune in to stigma by asking how attitudes and understandings of mental health and wellbeing impact on mental health carers? We also chose to tune in to recovery – particularly, what strategies can help carers to build their resilience on their recovery journeys’.
How did this project come to be?
In 2019 during Mental Health Month, again with the assistance of a WayAhead grant, MHCN ran an in person ‘Sharing the Caring Journey’ event. For this event, we recruited and trained mental health carers who the shared their experiences of caring and recovery to an audience. The audience also had the opportunity to ask those carers questions. The feedback that we received from this event was very positive and the audience members asked if we could run a similar event to this in the following year.
This year we were able to produce something similar – an online version of Sharing the Caring Journey! Due to COVID-19 we were not able to host another in person event, however, we still wanted to provide carers and relevant professionals with an educational resource that would inspire hope in other carers. So, we prepared this year’s mental health carers to be filmed sharing their stories.
Jenny cares for her son with mental health issues. She has a wealth of experience working in the mental health sector, including for the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Listen to her story here!
Daniella is a young carer for her grandfather with dementia. Daniella is currently studying social work at university, and hopes to use her experience to help others. Listen to her story here!
Andrew is a carer for his mother, and has a lived experience of mental health issues. Andrew also works as a forensic peer worker. Listen to his story here!
Catalina cares for her son with mental health issues. She also has many years experience of working in the sector. Listen to her story here!
Thank you for Sharing your Caring Journey!
We would like to give a special thank you to the carers who kindly shared their caring journeys:
And Nate Rosija from Foryx Digital.
If you enjoyed watching these videos, feel free to leave a comment for one of the carers or MHCN.