Supporting someone with a mental illness
If you support someone with a mental illness, you may face practical and emotional problems from time to time. This section looks at tips and suggestions to help you support someone.
- There is no ‘one size fits all’ model for supporting someone with a mental illness. How you care for someone will depend on you and the person you care for.
- It can help to understand the diagnosis and how it affects the person you care for. Setting out roles and responsibilities together can be useful.
- Be patient – getting better can take time.
- The person you care for may have very challenging and complex behaviour. This can cause a lot of stress between you and the person you are caring for. There will be help available, however.
- Encourage the person you’re supporting to be independent and take part in everyday activities.
- If you live together setting out house rules can help.
- Make a crisis or emergency plan.
- Remember that you are not to blame if things get difficult.
- Make sure you look after yourself and your own wellbeing.
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These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in July 2016. Next review July 2019.
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