We know that having the support of a family member or friend makes a huge difference to someone’s chances of making positive changes in their life. However, supporting someone who has health needs, such as an addiction or mental health problems, can put families under huge strain.
Most people feel overwhelmed by trying to cope with someone else’s mental health or addiction problems (they often occur together). You are likely to experience feelings of guilt and may wonder if you are to blame for the problem. At other times you are likely to feel hopeless, ashamed, isolated, depressed and angry.
Talking to others who know about what you are going through can really help you deal with these worries. Our support services can help you protect your own quality of life, health and wellbeing and can give you the strength to help the person you care about tackle their problems too.
Here are some ideas about how you can look after yourself:
- Don’t try to do everything. Ask someone else to take over things at home, or decide to let things just take care of themselves for a while.
- Go along to your nearest family support group to talk and share experiences.
- Make time to do something nice just for you: re-start activities you enjoy that you may have let slide as life became harder.