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Resources for the Caregiver Community

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board | Last reviewed: September 2023

Caring for a loved one with major depressive disorder (MDD) can be emotionally challenging and physically exhausting. But help is available. Many national, state, and local resources provide information, guidance, and respite for caregivers. These resources can help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with MDD.1

National resources

Several national organizations focus on providing resources to people with mental health conditions like MDD and their caregivers.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI offers trusted information, support, and advocacy for people living with or caring for those with mental health conditions. The organization offers education, support groups, and crisis helplines. NAMI has local support groups and programs across the country.2

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

DBSA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mood disorders, including depression. Caregivers can find support groups, education, and webinars on their website. DBSA has chapters in many states that offer local support and resources.3

Mental Health America (MHA)

MHA provides a wealth of information and resources for caregivers. The organization has online screening tools, tips, and a blog with personal stories. The MHA website is a great starting point for caregivers looking for guidance. You can search by your state for resources.1,4

State and local resources

Along with local chapters of the organizations listed above, some state- and region-specific groups can be a great source of support for caregivers.

Mental health agencies

Each state in the United States has its own mental health agency responsible for overseeing services and resources. The agency oversees mental health providers, support groups, and crisis intervention services in the state. Search online for your state's mental health agency to find these resources.5

Senior and community centers

Senior and community centers can be helpful for caregivers taking care of someone with MDD. They often have programs and resources to support you in your caregiving role. These may include support groups, workshops, and social activities.6

Local mental health providers

Seek out local mental health experts who specialize in MDD and mood disorders. They can provide guidance, therapy, and resources specific to your area. You can find local providers online, from your doctor, or by checking your insurance provider.7

Respite care services

Respite care programs give caregivers a break. Trained experts take care of your loved one for a little while so you can rest. You may be able to find these services through local nonprofit groups, home health agencies, or state programs for caregivers.8

Support groups

Local support groups give caregivers a safe space to share their experiences, concerns, and coping strategies. Local businesses often host support groups for caregivers of people with mental health conditions.8

Caring for a loved one with MDD can be demanding. But you do not have to face this journey alone. A wide range of resources are available to offer you support, education, and respite.

Reaching out for support is a sign of strength. Caregivers are an essential part of the healthcare team. By accessing these resources, you can continue caring for your loved one while also caring for yourself.

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