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Depression and Suicide Risk in MS: How Caregivers Can Help

Highlights of July 25, 2016, MSCOE Caregiver Support and Education Conference Call: 

Depression and Suicide Risk in MS: How Caregivers Can Help! by Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW, from VA Puget Sound Health Care System and MS Center of Excellence - West. Alicia discusses the latest in how caregivers can identify depression and suicide risk in their Veteran with MS and themselves. Peer interventions, prevention, and resources will be discussed.

If you or your loved one is feeling in crisis or suicidal, call Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 press 1

Family caregivers and Care Partners are very important to our Veterans with MS. Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your loved one with MS. If you aren’t healthy, it's harder to provide good care.

Need a break? VA Respite Care gives tips on well deserved respite time (taking a break!). All Veterans and Caregivers are eligible for 30 days of respite time per year.

Do you need to talk to someone about caregiving?

Call VA Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274 or go to VA Caregiver Support Website. A Caregiver coordinator can tell you about benefits for you and your Veteran with MS.

VA MS Fact Sheet for Family Caregivers of Veterans with MS. 

VA Caregiver Workbook to help you with caregiver related issues.

VA MyHealtheVet - Caregiving Information

More Caregiver Resources

New Federal Resource Guide for Caregivers    Click here to view the guide

Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers - News and Articles

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Emotional Changes in the Veteran with MS: Tips for the MS Caregiver

By Margaret Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS and Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW

Many people diagnosed with MS say that the emotional changes are some of the most challenging symptoms to cope with.  > Read the article

Caregiver Wellness by Susan K. Johnson, RN, BSN, Portland, OR  > Read the article

MSCOE Caregiver Research and Professional Presentations

Presentation at Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Summit Check it out! Reaching out to Caregivers

Interested in what research says about MS Caregivers? Check out our MSCOE studies involving VA MS Caregivers!

Check out our MSCOE Social Worker presentations at international and national Conferences about MS Caregivers!



Monthly MS Caregiver Calls
Join us! Families & Caregivers of Veterans with MS
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August 2016 Flyer

code: 43157#
4th Monday each month
(No call in May or Dec)
11am (PST)
12pm (MT)
1pm (CT)
2pm (ET)

Aug. 22, 2016  
11am PT/2pm ET
: Safe Driving & MS
Frank Pilarski, OTR/L,CDRS
Portland VA Medical Center
Portland, OR

1/25: Mindfulness Stress Reduction
2/22: Cognition & MS
3/28: Caregiver Stress 
4/25: MS Physical Therapy
5/23: No Call
6/27: Everyday Matters-NMSS
7/25: MS Depression & Suicide
8/22: Driving with MS
9/26: MS Meds (DMTs)
10/24: Caregiver Health
11/28: TBD
12/26: No Call
past presentations


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Maggie Kazmierski

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Alicia Sloan

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Jan Spencer