Share Your Caregiver Story

We want to hear from you!

Record a Video Testimonial

We’re looking for caregivers to record video testimonials about their experience with a specific focus on how their role as a caregiver impacts their own mental health.

These stories are extremely valuable as we seek to understand this topic from diverse perspectives and experiences, and as content we can potentially incorporate into the film. 

If you’d like to submit a video, please follow the instructions here.

If you’re comfortable with it, we’ll also ask you to sign a release granting us permission to use the video and your comments, but that’s optional. Please note, we are appreciative of all submissions, but not all will be featured in the final film or promotional materials. 

Reach out to caregiverdocumentary@gmail.com if you have questions.

 

Instructions

  • Don’t worry about saying everything perfectly — our goal is to get your honest thoughts.
  • If you feel like you messed up, you can just say so and try again — don’t worry about editing the video or starting all the way over.
  • You can record one long video or break the questions into separate videos if you need a break.
  • If more than one person would like to share (spouse, siblings, etc.), please record separately, one person per video.

How to Record Your Video

  • Please record with your phone (not a webcam) in a vertical position.
  • Make sure you’re in a quiet space.
  • Try to find a spot with good lighting. It might help to be facing a window.
  • Keep the camera level with your face so you’re looking straight at it, not up or down.

Questions / Prompts

Feel free to address each prompt or skip to the ones that resonate most with you.

  • Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your family.
  • Can you give a brief overview of your experience as a special needs caregiver?
  • How does your role as a caregiver affect your daily life?
  • Fill in the blank: Being a caregiver is like ________.
  • What are some things people don’t understand about your life as a caregiver?
  • Can you tell us about a specific story/instance that’s a good representation of your experience as a caregiver?
  • In what ways do you feel “unseen” by society or your community?
  • How has being a caregiver impacted your mental health?
  • Are there any specific mental health challenges you have dealt with?
  • Has your mental health affected your physical health, relationships, or other family members in some way?
  • What do you wish people would not say to caregivers? What do other people do that is not helpful?
  • In what ways has being a caregiver changed your perspective/outlook?
  • Do you have any practices or habits that you feel benefit your mental health?
  • What are the best ways for people to help you as a caregiver/family?

Submit Your Video

Please email your video(s) to caregiverdocumentary@gmail.com. If the file is too large to email, you can upload it to a service like Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer, and send a link by email. Please ensure the files are not compressed, so we receive the highest quality version.

Thank you!

 

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Our Fiscal Sponsor

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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