FREE EVENT! UNSEEN DOCUMENTARY – How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters
Join us to watch the film, followed by a panel discussion featuring North Carolina families, providers and representatives from NC Child and the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. Let’s get a conversation going about what can be done to meet the needs of North Carolina families caring for a child with disabilities and/or complex medical needs.
We will also share opportunities for stakeholders to strengthen their advocacy skills.
Families, Professionals and Policy Makers are invited to attend.
An estimated 16.8 million people in the U.S. are caring for a child with disabilities or complex medical needs. The demands of daily life and chronic stress can negatively affect the mental and physical wellbeing of parent caregivers. With limited accommodations and uncertainty about the future, caregivers often face isolation and exhaustion. In Unseen, parents are brutally honest about their experience, providing insight such as:
• “We’re just hanging on by a thread most of the time. The hardest part is that it’s nobody’s fault. It’s not our fault. It’s not his fault. It’s just part of our life.”
• “Our parenting and caregiving will continue indefinitely, and that’s just overwhelming.”
• “Most caregivers are not fine, and they are not doing well.”
Video diaries from diverse caregivers featured in the film illustrate the universality of the topics explored, while interviews with mental health and legal experts provide a broader view on the societal impacts.
About the Film:
Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters exposes the challenges and barriers faced by many parents caring for disabled or medically complex children and adults, with the goal of increasing support and resources for caregiving families. Through the power of unfiltered, compelling stories, the Unseen documentary cultivates compassion and serves as a catalyst for change for the caregivers in our communities.
View the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-RgSPtjZd0
This is a LIVE SCREENING EVENT. We cannot record the screening. We do plan to record the panel discussion that follows the screening.