Caregiving, especially long term caregiving, has an impact on the mental as well as the emotional health of the caregiver. This podcast episode is joined by Ms. Rikhia Sen Gupta where she discusses the role of acceptance in caregiver mental health.
Ms. Rikhia is a mother of a child with special needs; Rohaan. She is a relentless and resilient mother, housewife, trained Bharatnatyam dancer, teacher and most importantly a highly motivated caregiver who has got past all societal stereotypes to get what is best for her child.
As a mother, it was very difficult for Ms. Rikhia to accept that her son had special needs. She tells the listeners in this podcast episode about that phase in her life when she couldn’t sleep for nights, had lost her appetite and dealt with other emotional and psychological issues. She had lost 4kgs within 7 days!
The role of acceptance is further emphasized in this episode. Rikhia’s in-laws were not ready to accept the fact that Rohaan is a child with special needs and requires treatment and therapy. This further led to an impact on the mental health of the primary caregiver, his mother. Her husband supported her despite the ignorance from his family and diligently took care of the needs of his son and his family.
Tune in to this episode with Ms. Rikhia and know all about the role of acceptance in the life of a caregiver. She has also shared some useful tips for other fellow caregivers that can help them take better care of their mental health.
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
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