Family, Friends and Carers assisting a person living with a mental health problem…..here’s some tips for you.
Mental illness can affect not only the life of the person with the illness, but also their close family, partners and friends. Significant people in a person’s life are often a source of support with the illness. However, family, partners and friends may be faced with a loved one’s mental illness without much information on ways to deal with it and its impact on their life.
Mental Health First Aid Australia have developed Guidelines to assist Carers in their role.
Here is an edited version of what is suggested, please use the link above and print out the Guidelines for your use.
- Know the illness. In order to be an effective caregiver for a person with a mental illness it helps to be properly informed about the person’s mental illness. This includes knowledge about the symptoms, prevalence, risk factors and treatment options. One of the ways to get information on mental illnesses and how to assist someone is to attend a Mental Health First Aid course, get more information here.
Mental Health Partners recommend the MHFA Australia guidelines. You can access them here.
Remember, Mental Health is everyone’s business.