We all need support in our lives. Our friends and supporters are there to celebrate successes and help us through difficult times. When a friend seems to be struggling or is experiencing a mental health problem, they may be feeling alone, so support from a friend like you is even more important.
Whenever we choose to use substances, it is helpful to know what steps we can take to ensure that our use is the least harmful possible.
Most of us use substances in ways that carry minimal risk. But sometimes we may get distracted or lose our way and start using more, and more often.
The Managing a Mental Illness series of info sheets will help you cope with a diagnosis of a mental illness, help you be an active partner in your health care and build good working relationships with health care providers, and help prevent relapse of a mental illness.
The Managing Depression series of info sheets will help you cope with a diagnosis of depression, help you be an active partner in your health care and build good working relationships with health care providers, and help prevent relapse of depression.
Many people fear violence, particularly violence that seems random or unpredictable. We often deal with this fear by avoiding people or situations that we believe might lead to violence. We see mental illness, substance use and violence connected often—in the news, on TV shows, and in movies.