Mental Illness can affect anyone. Family and friends can make all the difference in one’s recovery.
Talking to your loved one can provide support and guidance. Those who suffer from any form of mental illness are in a very fragile state and need to feel uplifted. One of the most important things you can do to support a family member with serious mental illness is to educate yourself. The more you learn about what to expect, the easier it will be to provide the right kind of support and assistance.
You can offer support by:
• Reassuring your friend or family member that you care about him or her.
• Offering a listening ear. Letting someone know that they’re welcomed to talk to you can be a big help.
• Including your friend or family member in your plans- offer to take them out, or spend time with them.
• Expressing your concern.
• Offering your help. Let someone know you’re there to help take some stress off of them.
• Being positive. Keeping a good attitude can be contagious.
• Encourage your loved one to talk to a trusted health care provider.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. For more information on support visit: http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/getting-support/support-groups , http://allone.com/12/ea/ , http://www.dailystrength.org/support-groups/Mental-Health-Addiction