Information for parents - Making future plans
It can be very difficult for the adult siblings of people with mental illness and their parents to discuss issues such as the future care of their brother or sister, as it can raise a lot of emotional and practical issues.
It can be helpful if the siblings of people affected by mental illness understand mental health services and the support available, whatever they support they decide they may want to provide in regards to caring for their sibling in the future.
You may like to take some time to talk to your son or daughter about what kind of involvement they might like in their sibling's care and what might not be right for them. You could also talk this through with your son or daughter who is affected by mental illness to think about what they would find most beneficial.
Whatever kind of levels of support your children may or may not feel is right for them, having this conversation can enable you all to start researching and talking through the options, and perhaps making plans and decisions together.
You can find more information on this in our section on your relative's future care and suport and you might like to look at our Wills and Trusts information.
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