Events and workshops - The sibling role: How can siblings make a difference?
Research shows that the sibling relationship can play an important role in the outcomes for someone affected by mental illness. It is often one of the most long-lasting relationships in someone's life and siblings can play an important part in supporting their sibling, often in different ways than parents or services.
But in what ways is the sibling relationship different and what can you do to make the most of that relationship?
Download The sibling role presentation by Jacqueline Sin
Jacqueline Sin, a lead researcher in the field of siblings and mental health, led this session.
She presented the latest research into the important role siblings can play in supporting their brother or sister with their mental health, with a particular focus on psychosis.
Jacqui looked at the different kinds of roles siblings can play. She also talked about her research into how parents can feel when they think about sibling issues.
Through her findings, we heard a range of different voices and experiences from her interviews with the siblings of people affected by mental illness and psychosis.
We then had a chance to talk about our own roles and what this research means for siblings.
Who led this workshop?
Jacqueline Sin is a mental health nurse and researcher. She has worked clinically and helped established a number of clinical services providing care for people with severe mental illnesses and their families/ carers.
Jacqui has integrated research and teaching into her clinical work through various joint NHS and university roles. Her interests focus around evidence-based treatment for psychosis and schizophrenia, collaborative working with families/ carers and she has been involved in research projects around these topics.
She is currently researching the development of an online psychoeducational intervention for the siblings of individuals with first episode psychosis. Find out more about her latest sibling research project.
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