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A subject close to home


What do you do when someone you love has a mental illness and you aren't sure what to do?

Do you ignore it? Is it a gray area for you? Do you pretend it isn't there? do you ask why Me and my family? How do I deal with this?

All great questions and I have done the research on this. The reason this is a subject close to home is that I have family members who have a mental illness.

I have known for a long time that they have had these problems. And I have tried over the years to help them.

Recently actually back in May right before Mother's Day, One family member asked me for help

Since then this family member has decided to seek the help they need for their mental problems.

The reason for the blog today is because today they decided to come to me and ask for help with their problem.

The following websites give good information on things to do..

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/friends-family-members


https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/guides-and-publications/when-a-family-member-is-unwilling-to-seek-help

How to see the signs, questions to ask.

I also know that there are support pages for family members who may need help dealing with the issues of

a loved one having a mental illness.

The following websites are just a few

https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Support-Groups/NAMI-Family-Support-Group

https://www.apa.org/topics/support-serious-mental-illness



Now I am in no way perfect nor do I pretend to know everything or how people feel. I know that it is hard for families to accept at times that they have a loved one who has mental health problems. And they don't know how to deal with it. They are scared that it is their fault or that they did something to make that family member have those problems.

Believe me when I say it is not your fault. Show them that you love them, don't expect them to get well overnight, don't expect them to be normal because what is normal anyway.? Be there for them, listen to them and make sure that you take time to keep yourself healthy because they are going to need you.


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