Circle of Care

The National Alliance for Caregiving is pleased to present Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers. It was developed with generous support from the Alkermes Inspiration Grant Program, to whom we are most grateful.

The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers. You can learn more about this study in the first fact sheet in this guidebook: 01: About Mental Health Caregiving.

Like our other resources for family caregivers, Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins and Needles study.


To view the Guidebook, click here to download the Circle of Care as a PDF document or place your mouse cursor over the title in each section of the chart below to view or download each fact sheet separately.


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