Are you supporting a family member with mental health difficulties and do you sometimes feel confused and alone? There are other people out there who may feel exactly the same as you. It might help you to hear about their experiences.

When we think of someone struggling with their physical or mental health, we probably don’t think about how it affects their family unit / members. It can be very isolating and impact on employment, finances, holidays and mental well-being of the whole family.

Hearing about the thoughts, emotions and coping mechanisms of another person in a similar situation can promote insight, comfort and acceptance that you are doing the best that you can.

This section explores the experiences of someone supporting a young person who is struggling with their mental health difficulties. The aim is to hopefully help others to accept that they maybe in a tough situation, to treat themselves with compassion and to know that they are not alone.

Here are some Tools to help with supporting people struggling:

How to support a partner with Mental Health

While mental health can sometimes cause issues in a relationship, it can also strengthen a couple’s bond. Here’s how you can help a depressed spouse — and yourself — so you can get through the tough times, together. Signs your partner is dealing with depression Looking for early signs of depression in your partner can feel like… Continue reading How to support a partner with Mental Health

Types of Therapy

What different therapies are there? Talking therapies can differ in: their focus (for example, learning about more yourself by talking about your past, or working on overcoming a specific problem you have now) the techniques the therapist might use during sessions the academic theory behind them. Common types of therapy Therapists use all sorts of… Continue reading Types of Therapy

Emotionally Unavailable Parent

Emotionally Unavailable Parent “I think I literally craved love and attention as a child. The more my mother withdrew, the more frantic I became. I became a troublemaker because I knew she would pay attention to me, even if it meant punishment. It sounds weird, but that’s what I did. Since I couldn’t get her love, I settled… Continue reading Emotionally Unavailable Parent

The Stages of Loss

The Stages of Loss The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – are often talked about as if they happen in order, moving from one stage to the other. You might hear people say things like ‘Oh I’ve moved on from denial and now I think I’m entering the angry stage’. Denial Feeling numb… Continue reading The Stages of Loss

How to Be Vulnerable

How to Be Vulnerable Whether we struggle to be vulnerable with our partner, friends, family, or anyone, here are some things you can do in order to be closer with your loved ones or friends by opening up and practicing being vulnerable… 1. Ask for what you need. When we’re hurting, it’s easy to dismiss our… Continue reading How to Be Vulnerable

Signs of a Good Counsellor

Signs of a Good Counsellor 1. They actually listen to you. Listening has to be the easiest part of a therapist’s job, right? Not quite. Listening is a multifaceted skill that involves much more than merely waiting passively while someone else speaks. A good therapist signals that they’re not only taking in your words, but… Continue reading Signs of a Good Counsellor

Things I do to feel better

Things I do to feel better (depression) “The most important thing is to focus on all the things I can do and not on the things I have trouble doing.” Read through Alice’s story below: “I am a 22 year old female and I have been dealing with anxiety and related depression for over 10… Continue reading Things I do to feel better

Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Mental Health In England, it is estimated that as many as one in eight men suffer from common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or ODC (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  However, it is difficult to know how accurate these statistics are, because it only describes the reported mental health status-which means that in… Continue reading Men’s Mental Health

Supporting Someone through a Crisis

How do I respond in a crisis? People with mental health problems sometimes experience a crisis, such as feeling suicidal, or experiencing their own or a different reality.  You may feel a sense of crisis too, but it’s important to stay calm yourself. There are some general strategies that you can use to help: ✔️ Listen… Continue reading Supporting Someone through a Crisis


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