Beyond Blue have some helpful information for all support people and family members, no matter how long you’ve been supporting a person who’s experiencing a mental health condition.
Some people may not know whether the person they’re supporting has been clinically diagnosed with a mental health condition. Others will have recognised that something isn’t right and will be taking the first steps to getting a medical opinion. There are people that may have been supporting a friend or loved one for some time and working towards recovery.
Some support people will also be looking after someone who has a mental health condition and co-existing physical health problem, disability or chronic illness (e.g. a heart condition, Parkinson’s disease or a cancer diagnosis).