One in four people live with mental illness....that's a lot of loved ones living with mental illness as well!
Finding out a loved one is living with mental illness can bring on a vast spectrum of feelings from sadness, fear, anxiety and panic........to a sense of relief. And that's just the beginning.
Whether you are experiencing:
- challenges navigating through your loved ones symptoms
- grief and loss
- emotional dysregulation and upheaval
- difficulties maintaining boundaries
- and anything else you might be going through
it's important to remember your own needs. Seeking support can decrease stress, increase hope and establish realistic expectations/limits that can contribute towards strengthening the relationship and healing.
There is strength in sharing experiences.
Supporting the needs of those living with mental illness, as well as their loved one, has been my life’s passion and research. As an advocate fighting stigma and promoting needs of those with mental illness, I am a member and volunteer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and have lead Marin NAMI Family Support groups. As a guest lecturer at Dominican University of California on the subject of The Impact on Siblings on Those Living with Severe Mental Illness, I have found that too often stigma and the public’s lack of knowledge regarding mental illness demands a louder voice of reason, empathy, hope and sincere, accurate information.
To find out more about therapeutic support, please don't hesitate to contact me.
- The Impact on Siblings of Those Living with Severe Mental Illness, J. Couture, MA MFTI
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Marin National Alliance of Mental Illness
- Bring Change 2 Mind
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- National Institute of Mental Health
- I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help, Xavier Amador Ph.D.
- When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness, Rebecca Woolis
- When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for Families of the Mentally Ill, Victoria Secunda