Get information and advice - Supporting your sibling
Every family is different, as is each sibling relationship. Whatever the level of support or care you provide for your brother or sister who is affected by mental illness, it is useful to know where you can go for information and support and the organisations that are available to help you.
You may already be supporting your sibling in different ways, for instance emotionally, or practically, e.g., by attending meetings with their mental health team, helping them with practical things at home or being there to talk.
You might want to find out more about how you can get involved in supporting your sibling or how to support them more effectively.
How can I best support my sibling – this tool can be used with your sibling to start a discussion about how you both feel you could support them.
Our Carers, family and friends section has lots of information that can help you when thinking about the kind of support you and your family can provide your sibling. This includes information on:
Worried about someone's mental health
Getting help in a crisis
Dealing with unusual thoughts and behaviours
Helping someone with suicidal thoughts
Supporting someone with a mental illness
Dealing with someone else's finances
Confidentiality with family and friends
Nearest Relative rights information
Does mental illness run in families
Wills And Trusts - Planning For The Future
Your relative's future care and support
Support for people bereaved by suicide
You might also find the following helpful:
What is a carer?
Supporting your sibling to find meaningful occupation
Need practical advice & info? We can help.
Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays