So you want to help a loved one. Where do we begin?
In recent years, the medical community’s understanding of the process of recovery from a mental health condition has shifted from a point in time to more of a process. In fact, one scientific journal speaks of recovery in this way: “Recovery has been defined as ‘a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even with any limitations caused by illness.'” Along with this shift in the beliefs espoused by the medical community regarding the possibility of recovering from mental heath concerns came the realization that a strong and supportive social community plays a key role in helping individuals recover from mental health conditions.
It’s highly likely that you’ve navigated to this page because you want to help someone who is close to you to recover from a mental health concern. If that’s the case, I commend you and want to encourage you to support this person or these people as much as you can. Listen; set boundaries; offer practical, helpful solutions; show your love; be firm; and make sure you take care of your own mental health so that you aren’t lost in the (sometimes overwhelming) process of supporting someone else who is dear to you. If you have questions along the way, I, the MHA Spot team, and the new MHA Spot Online Community will be here to help!
So You Want to Help a Loved One. Where Do We Begin?
This page will be the resource center for individuals who want to help a loved one who has been diagnosed with or who you suspect has a mental health condition. I want to ensure that you feel that your concerns are being heard and that you have the resources you need in order to help your loved ones receive the best care possible. If you can think of any, please leave a comment below letting me know what resources you, as an individual who desires to help a loved one who has been diagnosed with one or more mental health conditions, need to achieve this goal. I’ll see what we can do and post all new resources on this page (in addition to placing them on the Resources page, of course) so that you can see all of the resources pertaining to this topic in one location.