Caregiver Mental Health - Resources

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A Parents (or caregivers) Guide to Autism: A tool to support parents or caregivers after a new autism diagnosis.

Resources for Families (and caregivers): Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families and caregivers feel more comfortable as they face new challenges.

Caring for the Caregiver: “Remember that if you want to take the best possible care of your child (or companion), you must first take the best possible care of yourself.” Tips and tricks for self care.

NAMI- Family Members and Caregivers: Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the U.S. who experience mental health conditions each year.

10 resources for caregivers of people on the Autistic Spectrum: Currently 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism or fall somewhere on the spectrum. As this number grows, it essential that people who care for persons with the disorder have support, guidance, and helpful information to turn to in times of need.

Additional Materials

Know the Signs:

Could you or someone you know be living with depression?Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Observe carefully – sometimes even seemingly small changes in behavior can be indicative of a deeper struggle. Though depression looks a little different for everyone, these are common signs of depression:


  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Overwhelming or uncontrollable negative thoughts
  • Anger or irritability
  • Self-loathing
  • Reckless behavior
Breathing Board:

Follow the sides of this square while you breathe. Breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, hold for four seconds and repeat.

5 Senses Activity:

Use your senses to observe the things around you and ground yourself in the present moment. 

General Mental Health Resources:

Project Helping offers opportunities for virtual and at home volunteer experiences to support healthcare professionals, teen mental health, care packages for seniors, and more.

Free Guided Meditations: The UCLA Mindful Awareness Resource Center offers free guided meditations as well as other programming and resources to help calm your mind.

Suicide Hotline & Crisis Helpline: Free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline near you. Online chat, text or phone.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, don’t hesitate to reach out. For free help from a trained crisis counselor 24/7/365:

  • Call or Text “988”
  • 1.800.273.8255 remains in service
  • Chat Online at