“When I think back to those difficult years when my daughter struggled, what sticks out most in my mind is the way that people looked at me. Unlike many of the survey respondents that reported people turned away, or pitied, or even blamed them, I remember people did look at me—with tears in their eyes. Maybe their tears represented the compassion that caregivers expressly called for, but it felt like the tears were just the outward expression of the cliché: there but for the grace of G-d….”
It’s sad when people dealing with mental health issues are shunned and stigmatized. It’s just as appalling when we stigmatize the people who are taking care of those who cannot get by without their support. Caregivers need support, not stigma.