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Caregiver Support Line Monthly Presentations

Caring for yourself is the best thing you can do for those that depend on you. The support line offers monthly education group sessions that can help. These group sessions are offered over the telephone, so you can listen in the comfort of your own home. These presentations provide self-care tips on a range of topics. Participants can comment and ask questions at the end of each live session. In order to participate the Veteran you are caring for must be enrolled in VA Healthcare. Registration is required. To register or learn more, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274).

Featured Monthly Presentation

Caregiving and Mental Illness

The stigma and the symptoms of mental illness are difficult to cope with. These are tough challenges for those who care for a loved one with mental illness. In this group coping strategies are discussed. These tools can help you stay grounded as you deal with the upheavals of mental illness. Listen and find a path forward with less uncertainty.

Past presentations and topic handouts can be found on the self-care topics handouts page.


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Relaxation Exercises
Taking time for yourself is so important. It may not always be easy to find the time to care for you. Just a few minutes a day participating in a relaxation activity can help caregivers feel restored. Invest of few minutes of your time to listen to a guided meditation. Sit back, relax, and allow this exercise to help restore your balance. Select a link below to listen.

  • Body Scan Meditation: Awareness and Healing of the Physical Body
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Finding Calm and Acceptance in the Present Moment
  • Relationship Meditation: Restoring Loving-Kindness to Yourself and Your Significant Other
  • Visualization Meditation: A Soothing Journey Created by the Gift of Imagination