Millions of working Americans serve as caregivers and care managers for a loved one living with a mental health condition, placing tremendous stress and added responsibility to their everyday lives. Stigma often prevents people from discussing the day-to-day role they play as a caregiver, leaving them feeling isolated, increasing stress and impacting their lives at work. Mental health advocate and Executive Director of The Living Assistance Fund, Monica Luke tells her story about how her role as a caregiver for her son impacted her work and how her employer supported her through her journey.
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