Get information and advice - Talking to professionals and the mental health system
As a sibling of someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you may have a number of concerns, worries and questions. Siblings often find that their responsibilities or involvement with their brothers or sisters change over time. By understanding the care that your sibling is, or could be, receiving, you can more easily decide how and in what ways you would like to be involved. You can also find out what support you can get if you take on any caring responsibilities.
You can find out about the different types of support your sibling may be receiving and the professionals they may be in contact with on our Treatment and support pages. This includes information on Community Mental Health Teams, Early Intervention teams, Crisis Teams, Assertive Outreach teams and other types of professionals suppot.
Our Preparing for an appointment tool can help you and your sibling prepare for all kinds of appointments with professionals.
When thinking about talking to professionals involved in someone's mental health care, the issue of information sharing and confidentiality is one that can create a number of questions and issues for friends and family. You may also have particular questions as a sibling about the information that can be shared with you.
Our Information sharing and confidentiality page can help you learn more about these issues and how they affect you and your sibling.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays