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You may have a lot of questions and concerns about mental illness and what it means for you and your family, both now and in the future.
In this section you'll find information on a range of issues that siblings have told us affect them as well as videos and factsheets which you can download. You can also browse all of our sibling resources and videos to find the information you need.
We know that you will have many different questions and needs, whether you're 16 or 60 years old so browse our information below to find out how you can support your sibling and look after your own wellbeing too. If you are a young sibling, for instance still at school or college, you might like to visit our young siblings area.
We have developed a series of tools that can help you look after your own wellbeing and think about how you can best support your sibling.
You are likely to have lots of different feelings and worries as a sibling. Find out about the common issues siblings face and tips on how they've coped.
It can be helpful to arm yourself with as much knowledge about mental illness as you can.
It's not always easy to know what to do or say when your brother or sister is experiencing mental illness. Here are some tips and ideas of how you can help.
It's important to think about your own wellbeing too. Whether you have questions about genetics and mental illness, or want to make a plan to think about how you are doing when your sibling is unwell.
You might want to think about the kind of support your sibling might need in the future and think about how you can plan for this.
It can be difficult to understand the mental health system and issues around confidentiality and what information you can share with professionals. Find out more about talking to professionals, the mental health system and ways you could support your sibling.
In some cases, the criminal justice system may become involved when your brother or sister is unwell. Find out more about mental health and the criminal justice system and what you and your family could do to support your sibling.
If you are are a teen or in your early 20s, you may be worried about supporting your sibling, having time with your parents and balancing your own needs. Find out more about mental health, supporting your sibling and looking after your wellbeing.
Not sure what your looking for? Take a look through all of our sibling resources and videos.
Watch videos and download presentations from our sibling events and workshops
Get answers to common sibling questions in our FAQ section.
You can contact our advice and information service with any questions you have about mental health. We also have a large range of information resources produced by the Rethink Advice and Information Service which you might find helpful and you can browse all of our factsheets in our A-Z
We have further information for parents who would like to know more about including and supporting the brothers and sisters of people affected by mental illness.
If you are a professional working in mental health, find out more about how you can involve the siblings of people with mental illness.