Information for professionals
As those who work in the field of mental health know, the support networks around a person who is affected by mental illness are important to help them in their recovery. By supporting siblings, you can help the whole family unit cope better with the challenges mental illness can bring.
Whatever your level of engagement with siblings, there are many ways in which you can help them access information and support.
Free siblings booklet and signposting materials
Download your free copy of our Siblings Network booklet which explains why we started the network, what we offer and how siblings, families and professionals can get involved:
My brother, my sister: Siblings Network guide
Signpost siblings to our network
It can be a very confusing time for siblings when their brother or sister is first diagnosed with a mental illness. While their parents may be quite involved in the mental health system, they may not come into contact with professionals themselves and might find it hard to access the information they need. They can also find that their own needs are overshadowed by those of their sibling and can be overlooked.
The Siblings Network has been set up as a resource for siblings to provide information tailored to their needs as well as a space where they can share experiences and get advice.
We have a range of factsheets and information for siblings of all ages as well as blogs and videos where siblings can share their stories, an an online sibling forum, sibling support groups and workshops and events.
Signpost parents to our network
You might like to signpost parents to the Siblings Network so that they can pass on this information to their children, and so they can better understand the issues and emotions their children might face as a sibling.
You can also tell them about the parents section on the siblings website at www.rethink.org/parents
Sibs know a lot ... they often know first that it is a mental illness, but are asked and included the least.
a mental health professional
Share best practice and ideas with other professionals
Would you like to share and discuss the latest research, ideas and best practice around supporting siblings and families with other professionals?
You can also join as an organisation in support of the Siblings Network. Take a look at other organisations who are members of the Siblings Network.