When someone you care about is living with mental health issues, the rhythms of your life and the whole family can be affected. Navigating this new phase with your loved one can feel uncertain and confusing, but fortunately today an abundance of resources and support is available. Here are some guidelines to help you adapt to this shift for you and everyone connected to your loved one. 

Communication Is Key

Often when a loved one is affected by mental health issues, they will require more of your time and energy, potentially redirecting it from other areas of your life and members of the family. It’s important to acknowledge what’s happening, create a space for honest communication, and continue strengthening relationships with your spouse, children, or close friends. 

Opening communication with those closest to you can create understanding for the challenges you’re facing and invite support during this time. It can also help you establish healthy boundaries with your loved one who’s facing these mental health issues and develop a plan of action that works for everyone involved. 

Find Support

It’s absolutely essential to find a support system—both for your loved one and yourself. 

First and foremost, in your role as caregiver for a loved one with mental health challenges, you will need to ensure that self-care is part of your plan. Learning to take good care of yourself might be a process you have to work on, but it’s incredibly vital to sustaining your care giving and your own health. 

Support groups are a valuable resource because their members have experienced similar challenges and come from a place of understanding. You may find answers for many of your questions and suggestions from people who have been through this. 

You can find these groups by contacting your local hospital, your community mental health agency, or the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Family-based programming involves everyone connected to the individual in need of mental health support, getting everyone on the same page and providing healthy coping strategies for everyone concerned. This creates a support network that can improve the well-being of the family member experiencing mental health issues.

Develop New Routines

You and your family may also face new logistical challenges such as transportation, financial management and different housing to accommodate your loved one. Change can be unsettling for someone experiencing mental health issues, but anticipating transitions and establishing routines can be a successful coping method. 

There are a variety of social services that may be available in your community to help assist with these daily tasks. Remember—you can also reach out to friends and family to help ease your responsibilities! 

It may take time to establish a new routine, but it’s important to remember that many people experiencing mental health issues can learn to adapt to the new reality and thrive—and so can you. 

If your loved one is struggling with mental health issues, give our team of medical professionals a call today in Prescott, AZ at 928-227-3424 or visit us online and see how our medical services can help them on their road to recovery.