Dealing with chronic illness can challenge anyone. At times families and individuals may need someone other than a friend or family member to help deal with the stresses this may be adding to their lives. Options range from private professional help to moderated group discussions and more. Learning appropriate coping strategies, having an empathetic person listen to your concerns or getting help managing day to day problems may improve your self esteem making it easier to care for another living with chronic illness. Addition help may be needed for the affected person who may also need support, counseling or someone to talk to outside their immediate circle of care.
Searchable state respite services
Website focused on families dealing with chronic illness. Many stories written by and for patients and families dealing with chronic illness.
Personalized website designed to keep friends and families informed about a loved one’s status
The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health
Searchable state resource locator for family caregiver services
Tips on developing coping mechanisms for sudden illness/disability
A book by Mary-Lou Weisman about loving and caring for a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.
MentalHelp.net aims to provide online mental health and wellness education. Their hope is to spread awareness through advocacy of mental health by providing scientifically accurate and up-to-date coverage of mental health and illness topics. They intend to educate, catalog and provide mental health information that compliments, but does not replace, the medical advice of personal medical professionals.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities article from a parent of a child with a disability
Web-tool designed to help family and friends stay updated about a loved one's status
An article on the reactions of children to the complex illness and disability of their brothers and sisters. It proposes strategies of nursing support to increase the likelihood that these children will cope with the resultant family stress in a positive manner.
Article about psychosocial support for a family following a Duchenne diagnosis
Presentation about siblings of children with special needs
MP3 download of a presentation from siblings of children with Duchenne
Sibling Leadership Network
Sibling Leadership Network promotes a broad network of siblings who share the experience of disability and people concerned with sibling issues by connecting them to social, emotional, governmental, and provisional supports across the lifespan enabling them to be effective advocates with their brother and sister, and to serve as change agents for themselves and their families
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