The speaker for this podcast episode is a sister caregiver who has been supporting her brother with special needs. Ms. Sakshi Agarwal holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and loves to read, travel and binge watch shows. She has always tried to maintain a positive outlook and believes in taking life one step at a time.
Ms. Sakshi is a sister to a 15 year old special child and joins this podcast episode with MHT to share her role and responsibilities as a caregiver to her brother who has mild Cerebral Palsy due to which he has some difficulty walking. Along with that, she has also been supporting her brother with his learning disabilities.
From understanding the diagnosis to acceptance to then providing unconditional support leads to a heavy toll on caregivers’ mental health. Moreover, supporting an individual diagnosed with cerebral palsy can mean providing long term care to that individual physically as well as mentally.
Ms. Sakshi speaks about her and her family’s experience as caregivers. She tells the listeners about the journey of supporting her brother with cerebral palsy from the very beginning- diagnosis, treatment, therapy, acceptance and now growing together as a family.
She also shares a phase of her school life when she felt neglected as her parents had to devote more time to their son. This parental negligence made her feel lonely and impacted her mental health at a young age. She started ignoring to take care of herself and her life at school- academically as well as socially.
The importance of maintaining individuality is the topic of discussion in this episode. As time passed by, Sakshi has been trying to give more importance to her individuality which sometimes gets affected due to the burden of caregiving. Tune in to this podcast to learn from Sakshi about her approach towards taking care of her mental health and maintaining her individuality as a caregiver.
About Caregivers Podcast | MHT Podcast
Caregiver refers to any and everybody who provides care for another individual. There are different kinds of caregivers and each kind comes with It’s own set of roles and responsibilities. Parent and child, owner and pet, care of the elderly, children with special needs, individuals with physical disabilities and/or mental illness; all require adequate amounts of support and this need is fulfilled by the caregivers around them.
However, what about the needs of the caregivers?
Every caregiver has an experience to share, knowledge to impart as well as resources that can educate others. It is also true that caregiving can get exhausting sometimes and that is why Team MHT has developed this safe space for speakers to join and vent out their feelings about this role and its responsibilities.
If you are also supporting an individual with physical or mental health difficulties, then do tune into this podcast where caregivers like you shall be sharing their story and supporting each other.
If you are a caregiver and wish to join the MHT community and share your story, reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org
MHT Podcast is an online audio based platform, by Mental Health Today, devoted to sharing information and awareness on mental health-related issues. MHT Podcast has a variety of series such as MHT Podcast | Therapy for Thoughts, MHT Podcast | Autism Support, MHT Podcast | Survivor Series, MHT Podcast | Bibliotherapy, MHT Podcast | Media Reviews, MHT Podcast | Psychology 101 and more. These different series reflect a new and more diverse perspective of mental health in our society and also at an individual level.
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