Having a family member with a mental illness can be very stressful. Whether the ill person is a son, daughter, husband, wife, brother or sister, you will be affected by their illness too. A person with a psychiatric disorder often needs much love, help and support. At the same time, the problems, fears and behaviour of your ill relative may strain your patience and your ability to cope.
When someone you love has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you feel a mixture of emotions. Concern, compassion, disbelief, anger, relief, anxiety, grief, love, guilt…any and all of these emotions are understandable and normal.
Whether you suspect, or know for certain, that a member of your family has a psychiatric disorder, you will probably find that it helps to learn about the disorder.
Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre
Annapolis Valley Chapter, Autism Society of NS
Valley Child Development
Alexander Society for Special Needs
Family Resource Centres
Al-Anon & Alateen Meetings
Help for family and friends of alcoholics
Hearing and Speech
Bright Beginnings Early Intervention Program (BBEIP)
The Woman’s Place Resource Centre
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effect