Last catch up Adrian discussed the personal benefits of mental health treatment, for sufferers of anxiety and depression. Today he moved on to the benefits for the broader family.
Adrian says, “we often think I can’t look after myself, because I’m too busy looking after my family, but the best thing you can provide is a healthy you.”
“You’re not the best version of yourself when you’re dealing with mental health issues that aren’t being addressed. You’re generally more irritable and withdrawn and less patient towards your loved ones.”
It’s important to differentiate between having a “bad day” and having continuous “bad weeks”. “We’re human, it’s normal to feel frustrated in stressful situations.” It becomes abnormal when you start reacting with little provocation.
How can I help?
If you think one of your loved ones is suffering from a mental health illness and needs some support:
- It IS your place to talk about it- you don’t need to be a psychologist. Let them know you care.
- Sending a text can be less confronting than face to face.
- There is lots of help out there
Adrian says, “A problem shared is a problem halved.”