|Support can help a loved one improve quality of life.|
- While those diagnosed with a health condition often don’t want to worry loved ones, it’s beneficial to be surrounded by family and friends who know what a person is going through and who can provide physical and emotional support. Those comfortable with sharing may look for additional support on social networks.
- Hospitals and clinics can put patients in touch with support groups based on an individual’s needs. Patients can start by asking their health care or insurance providers or visiting their web sites.
- Today, there are support forums and online groups on nearly any topic. An online search is a great place to start. Because online forums typically can be viewed by the public, users should avoid posting personally identifying information and check settings to ensure details like names and e-mail addresses aren’t available to other viewers.
- Seniors and caregivers can find support at The CareGiver Partnership’s web site, including a continually updated blog on various topics related to aging and a resource library of more than 1,500 links to nonprofits, government, and health care organizations. In addition to its blog readership, The CareGiver Partnership has more than 12,000 followers combined on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; these social media links can be accessed from its home page.
- It’s essential that people suffering from depression seek professional help as soon as possible. Those in immediate danger should call 911. Those not in immediate danger but who need to talk with someone about suicidal feelings should call one of two national suicide prevention lines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Visit suicide.org for more information.