So today I went to my first counselling session…to deal with the issues that I am having because I am a caregiver. All along I have been trying to hold everything inside and “deal with it”, which honestly meant just ignoring and pretending my issues don’t exist because who has time to think about me…it’s always about everybody else…never me. It got to a point where about a month ago I unexpectedly broke down in front of someone…thankfully it was someone who knew me and my family situation, so it was not that embarrassing…still embarrassing, but not too bad. I realized that day that I need professional help.
Professional Help is Expensive
Yes…yes it is. The thought of me going to counselling was something I had always played with over the years. In my research, I must admit, the cost per session was always a deterrent. I even researched online counselling (you know the type where you don’t have to leave the house and a complete stranger in some other country is your counsellor)…but the cost was still not appealing. YET, there is hope. In my case, I was fortunate enough that the Jamaica Down Syndrome Foundation started offering counselling in 2018. The first session is free and any subsequent sessions are 1/5 the cost of what these sessions normally cost. Also, I found that certain organizations, e.g. churches, provide FREE counselling.
PLEASE get Help!
So if it means that you have to contact the DS Foundation is your neighbourhood or your local church or any other organization that you think could provide counselling for free or at a reduced cost, then do it. Make the call. Do not wait until you are at your breaking point and you embarrass yourself publicly or even worse things happen. You are a caregiver, but who’s taking care of you? Right now, you have to make the choice to take care of you. Get the professional help that you need. You deserve to be taken care of too.