Informed, Inspired & Initiated at Caregivers Connect 2019

An event where every caregiver is a VIP – this was the essence of Caregivers Connect 2019, a full day event held on 7 September 2019 which focused on caregivers and their needs. The event was a resounding success as it managed to meet its aim of having participants informed of resources and support services, inspired by the powerful stories of caregivers, and initiated as volunteers or advocates for meaningful causes. A caregiver commented that the “audience packed the morning sessions and the breakout sessions in the afternoon”. There were 238 attendees in total, comprising mainly caregivers, but including partners, mental health professionals and guests. INFORMED Caregivers were informed throughout the day with useful news and tips on caregiving. In opening the morning plenary session, CAL Executive Director Tim Lee shared about CAL’s focus and direction, and the many exciting programmes lined up for caregivers in the coming months. This was followed by the plenary speech by Professor Lee Cheng from IMH, which provided tips on caregiving and highlights on where to seek help and resources. Many in the audience found his speech beneficial, as indicated by requests from nearly 40 attendees for his presentation slides after the segment. Besides talks, caregivers were also informed through interactive learning activities such as the Mental Health & Caregiving Quiz, which revealed interesting facts about mental health. INSPIRED There were numerous caregivers’