Alleged attempted murder-suicide prompts questions

Alleged attempted murder-suicide prompts questions about caregivers' mental health

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If you or someone you know needs to get in touch with Mental Health Association for any help or resources you can call them at (865) 584-9125. If you or someone you know needs to get in touch with Mental Health Association for any help or resources you can call them at (865) 584-9125.
"If they call us and they're frustrated, we can get them support. There's different agencies that will come out to the house and do counseling," said Amy Rogerson. "If they call us and they're frustrated, we can get them support. There's different agencies that will come out to the house and do counseling," said Amy Rogerson.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Loudon mom is behind bars after police say she tried to kill her mentally challenged adult son then herself.

Police say Martha Brewer gave her son Casey Hogan, 24, an overdose of sleeping pills then cut his wrists.

Then they say she did the same thing to herself.

The incident has prompted questions about the stress on caregivers and what they can do before they get too overwhelmed.

The Mental Health Alliance in Knoxville says being a caregiver is no easy task, and they say caregivers need a support system to deal with the stress.

No one is quite sure yet what might have caused Brewer to allegedly cut her sons wrists then her own, but some say she might have been too overwhelmed by being her 24-year-old mentally challenged son's sole caregiver.

"They've got to be able to take care of their own health because if you're not health, and I don't just mean in your head, I mean mind body and soul healthy, then how can you care for someone else," said Amy Rogerson at the Mental Health Association.

At the Mental Health Association, they say it is not uncommon for caregivers to get stressed, depressed and in need of help.

"I would believe that you put it in place as soon as you can, but do people know that?" said Rogerson.

They also say many times people do not know where to go for the help they need.

That is where they come in.

"If they call us and they're frustrated, we can get them support. There's different agencies that will come out to the house and do counseling," said Rogerson.

They cannot speak specifically on Brewer's case, but they do say caregivers need a support system behind them at all times.

"I know what it feels like to not be able to get help for my caregiver. My caregiver got burnt out, but I had a support system so that was a good thing," said Rogerson.

They say a simple phone call seeking help could be all it takes to stop something tragic from happening.

Brewer is charged with attempted first degree murder.

Her son was released from the hospital and is staying with family.

If you or someone you know needs to get in touch with Mental Health Association for any help or resources you can call them at (865) 584-9125.

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