Supporting a loved one with mental illness is full of challenges for many people. It is important to know that 1 in 3 people will struggle with mental illness in their lifetime. Those battling mental illness and those supporting loved ones will mental illness are not alone. The mental health specialists at LDS Hospital are here to help you find the best treatment and coping mechanisms for your individual struggle.
Don't ignore your gut feeling. Educate yourself on the warning signs of anxiety and depression:
Be up front with the individual and show that you are concerned:
Don't push the individual to get help, but encourage him or her with talk of hope that things can improve.
If the individual is in treatment try to stay involved:
Continue to include the individual in your life and in your plans. Frequently reassure the individual that you care.
Try to educate yourself about the individual's illness and symptoms so that you can recognize them.
Try to see difficult situations from his/her perspective to try and understand what their feelings are at that time.
Learn to communicate with the individual in ways he/she can understand.
Set realistic expectations for the individual and yourself.
DON'T be afraid to ask the question, "Are you feeling like you might hurt yourself?" It is a myth that this will plant the idea in a person's head. If you are concerned about this with your loved one, ASK THE QUESTION.
Understand the symptoms of stress so that you can recognize them when they appear.
Keep up your physical health:
Set standards with yourself and with the individual so that you feel safe:
If faith and religion are a part of your life, look to members and leaders of that organization for support, but make sure they are educated on behavioral health issues.
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