Exposing the Mental Health Crisis Among Special Needs Caregivers

Special needs caregivers are exhausted and isolated, and their mental and physical struggle is a public health crisis that often ends in tragedy. This documentary will give an unfiltered, honest glimpse into their lives to enable a change for millions of caregivers and their families.

There is often a dark reality to being a caregiver to a loved one with special needs.

From the constant demands of daily life to the unknowns in the future, special needs caregivers experience exhaustion and stress on a level others can’t fathom.

Feeling pressure to make it look like they have everything under control, many caregivers feel alone in their struggle. They don’t see their stories represented in media — until a caregiver reaches his or her breaking point and it makes the local news.

With few solutions within reach, many caregivers face declining mental and physical health. Their smiling faces are often hiding depression, anxiety, loneliness, PTSD, insomnia, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

If anything is going to change — if caregivers are ever going to get the support and resources they deserve — they first have to be seen and heard. The Unseen documentary will bring caregivers and their stories into the light.

“There’s not enough information and support for special needs parents in the mental health field. Parents are sent home with a diagnosis that can change their whole lives and need to process their feelings along the journey. The “Unseen” documentary raises awareness why the mental health field needs to make special needs caregivers a priority.

Crystal Polk, LMSW

Mental Health Therapist, Better Tomorrow Therapy

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The Lucas Project is a nonprofit organization that provides recognition, resources and respite to caregivers of special needs children. The Lucas Project is serving as our fiscal sponsor for this project. Learn more....

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