Get information and advice - Understanding mental illness
It can be helpful to gain as much knowledge about mental illness as you can. This can help you understand what your brother or sister is experiencing, find out how you could support them and cope better when times are difficult.
We have a range of factsheets and video factsheets produced for brothers and sisters of people with mental illness which you might find helpful to help build up your knowledge and skills.
I didn't know where to start or what to ask.
You might like to visit our main Rethink Mental Illness pages to find out about:
Different types of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, clinical depression or personality disorder.
Different types of treatment for mental illness and the different types of medication people can be prescribed.
What recovery can mean for people affected by mental illness.
You can find out about all this and more on by browsing our website.
You might also find it helpful to watch our sibling videos and browse the Rethink Mental Illness Youtube channel to hear about the experiences of siblings and people affected by mental illness themselves.
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