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.
Families and family relationships can be complicated at the best of times. Add mental illness or substance use, and it can be difficult to figure out where to turn. How does caregiving affect your relationship with a loved one? How do you support a child when you can’t tolerate their behaviour? How might parents who experience a mental illness maintain their own wellness? These are just a few of the questions that writers in this issue cover. Through all of the challenges, you’ll see the amazing potential of family support. We also need to acknowledge the efforts, perseverance and hope that family members contribute to the health care system. When families are afforded respect and the right resources and supports, it can transform the way we think about health care.