Do you struggle to know how to support someone in your life who is experiencing difficulty with their mental health? Do you wonder what to say (and what not to say!), how to help them, and how to know when to encourage them to seek professional help? I have spent many years supporting family members and loved ones of individuals suffering from serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis. It can be a difficult journey, to walk alongside someone you love when they are mentally unwell. I have extensive experience working with family members and loved ones of individuals struggling with a variety of challenges, including dementia, addictions, and legal issues as well. While there are many great resources out there, sometimes it is difficult to navigate all the advice and wealth of information found online. Perhaps you're wondering how the mental health act works, or what to say when someone talks about their hallucinations or delusions, or how to "get them" to see a doctor because you're worried about their safety and yours. I am available to support you, while you support your loved one; to help you find answers to your questions, and to brainstorm with you ways you can intervene. I can shed some light on how the law works, and how to navigate what can be a very complex system of supports and services in our communities, to help you set realistic boundaries for yourself so that you don't burn out while you're caring for your loved one, and how to identify what you can and can't influence in your loved one's journey. Please reach out, there is support for you too!
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.