Family and Caregiver Support
A Guide for a Friend, Family Member or Co-Worker
When you first realize that someone you are close to may have a mental illness, it can be a chaotic and frightening time. You fear where this may lead. Suddenly you are called upon to provide special support for which you feel completely unprepared. What can you do? Who can you talk to?
If you’re in this situation, this guide is for you. It gives information and advice from others who have been through your experience.
Wife, husband, parent, child, grandparent – if someone in your family has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you are probably feeling a mixture of emotions. Concern, compassion, anger, frustration, relief, anxiety, sadness, love, guilt…any and all of these emotions are understandable and normal. What can you do to help your family member, and just as important –what can you do to help yourself?