Tips for family members living with a loved one dealing with mental health challenges

Updated: 2 days ago

Living with a loved one with mental health challenges can be scary, difficult, and overwhelming, especially if your loved one has serious mental illnesses such as "schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder..etc." (1).

People with mental health challenges usually reject receiving support or seeking counselling services from professionals because they do not think they need them or are unaware that they have mental illnesses. Another main reason is that they are worried that they will be discriminated against by their friends, family, partner, and strangers if others know about their illnesses. They are scared that they will seem different from others when they get diagnosed.