As a family caregiver, you likely hold many roles; schedule coordinator, finance manager, advocate, cheerleader, spouse, parent, child, and sibling — not to mention your external relationships like boss, employee, and volunteer. But when your loved one is in a depressive episode, you may need to take on even more roles and responsibilities as you support them in getting professional care. Your self-care may take a back seat as you try to balance everything. Unfortunately, ignoring your own wellness often leads to stress, overwhelm, and, sometimes, your own battle with depression. This is where your caregiver toolkit can come in to provide hope and keep you well. Join Families for Depression Awareness to learn what resources you need to build a robust caregiver toolkit.
Susan Weinstein, JD, Co-Executive Director, has been responsible for programs and finances at Families for Depression Awareness since 2012. Susan was diagnosed with depression in her teens and has drawn from her experiences to inform FFDA’s curriculum. She has worked in nonprofits and local government throughout her career and holds several volunteer positions, including serving on the Executive Committee and as Governance Committee Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and holding a variety of elected and appointed seats in her town government since 1992. Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University School of Law.
Arielle Cohen, LCSW, is the Programs Manager with Families for Depression Awareness. Arielle’s passion for mental health advocacy stems from experience with a diagnosis of depression and loss of a family member to suicide. Arielle provides oversight to FFDA’s programs, volunteers, and social media platforms and is a trained facilitator in the Alternatives to Suicide approach with the Wild Flower Alliance. She received her BSW from Westfield State University and earned her Master of Social Work from Boston College in 2017.