Our eight-week program lightens the mental load of caring for a loved one with complex needs.
CARES gives families a safe place to learn new skills, to share, be heard and connect in a way that fosters resiliency. We help caregivers care for themselves because the more they show up for themselves, the more they can show their loved ones the way.
strength to care
Caregivers of children with complex needs generally experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression – higher than families of typically developing children.
Existing support programs focus on training caregivers to care for the child but provide little to no guidance on caring for themselves.
CARES has been specifically designed to target the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that can arise among caregivers of children with complex needs.
CARES participants have seen a decrease in depressive and anxious symptoms and feel a positive improvement in their quality of life and that of their families. See our study here.
We can help because we’ve been there
CARES provides support for those who need it the most, from those who have walked in their shoes.
The eight-week program is led by peer volunteers with shared experiences. Having facilitators who can relate helps with mental health interventions – it’s been proven.
With brief training and appropriate supervision by mental health specialists, peer facilitators are able to support caregivers and reduce their burden.