A little support makes a big difference

Seek out emotional support

It is important to find people who are there for you, to listen without judgement and provide support.

Family and friends, support groups or a trained counsellor may play this role. It is important to find the right support for you, with people who understand and make you feel safe and secure.

It might be nice to set up a regular time to chat with someone, and that conversation does not need to just be about your caring responsibilities. It’s also good to laugh!

If you can, try to find support early. This may help you anticipate changes and process grief. Dementia Australia can provide trained counsellors, support groups and education programs for carers. Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 to find emotional support near you.

Mental health plans are also available through Medicare. Chat to your GP about what might help you feel most supported.

Further resources

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The National Dementia Helpline is a free service that provides information and advice to all people who would like to know more about dementia or access services and support.

Dementia Australia’s national library service offers print and digital resources about dementia. Explore information related to these tips by accessing the library guide.