you and your family

As a significant source of strength for their family member living with mental illness, supportive families can lose their own sense of self and healthy living. For many, their biggest challenge is maintaining balance in their lives so that mental illness does not consume every minute of every day. Family members may experience intense periods of stress, years of worry and mourning for life before mental illness affected their family.

In this chapter, we provide information to help you and your family manage the effects of mental illness. We have also included tips for how to know when to take care of yourself. Though mental illness can be devastating, family life can still be rewarding. All family members can have lives that are fulfilling and joyful. Learning more about managing the day-to-day and achieving balance, and finding support in other families’ experiences can help you and your family live well physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.