triggers of symptoms and relapse

Many people living with mental illness can identify the stressful events, worries or changes in their routine that may have lead to their relapse. It might have been a major change in the person’s life such as the death of a loved one or a number of small stresses that all came at the same time.

It is important to identify strategies that will help your family member to handle “high-risk” situations. This can help increase your family member’s confidence that she can stay well.

For children and youth, changes in routines or schedules can be a trigger for relapse. Returning to school in the fall and major holidays or spring break are times to watch for warning signs.

Your family member will have her own relapse triggers/high risk situations – they are unique to each person. Once your family member and you have identified her high risk situations, you can then work together to find ways to: