New to the supporting family and friends forum? Here's 3 tips to get you started
New to the supporting family and friends forum? Please read our trio of tips to help you get the best out of your experience here.
Before posting, start by reading some of the existing threads. You may find a number of community members' experiences you can relate to. Reading about others' circumstances with supporting loved ones with mental illness might give you more insight into helping or understanding your loved one.
Supporting someone with a mental illness can be quite challenging, and carers, family, and friends often need support as well. By posting your experience on another community member's thread it gives you a chance to connect with others whom have a shared experience.
Tip 3Check out the resources in the Supporting Someone on this website for further advice on how to help and support loved ones with a mental illness. Browse the resources available and share with the community what advice was useful for you.
I have recently learnt that my boyfriend has depression and we have had some ups and downs, but he has explained to me how it feels for him. He does not want to take any medication as he hates how it makes him feel, he describes it as one feeling, like being monotone.
I really want to be there to support him but to also know how to support myself and to learn it's not my fault, even though sometimes it does feel that way.
I think this space is such a fantastic idea and I really want to learn more about it and how I can not only help him but myself and others from my own experiences.
Thank you for your complimentary post and being a part of the Beyond Blue family too!
You are very welcome to start your own thread topic or help others with your own experiences 🙂
I really hope you can stick around the forums....when its convenient for you
my kind thoughts
Welcome to the forums! I'm really glad that you're here. I'd love to talk to you more about what's going on but it's so much easier when you have your own thread!
Did you want to copy your text and paste to a new thread here -
Thank you for sharing your situation here. We can hear you're a caring and supportive parent, and this is a really difficult thing to be going through.
We just wanted to jump in and let you know that our Support Service is here if you'd like to talk this through with us on the phone or via online chat. We're on 1300 22 4636, and we're available 24/7.
We also wanted to mention that you'd be very welcome to start a thread of your own on this topic, if you'd like to. It might be a bit tricky for the community to spot your post here, as this thread is a couple of years old. You can find out how to start a thread of your own here.
Thanks again for sharing what's going on for you here. we know that isn't easy to do so we hope you can see it's a really powerful step to have taken.