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PDF | Vol. 10, No. 4 (2015)

Relationships are a significant part of our well-being, and intimate relationships are no different. Relationships can enhance healing and growth, but they can also contribute to conflict or problems. A mental health or substance use challenge adds another dimension. One partner is often the primary caregiver when the other experiences health challenges, which may also affect the relationship. These dynamics are complicated—and they may not receive the attention they deserve in mental health care. This issue, however, demonstrates that with the right supports, relationships can flourish regardless of mental health or substance use challenges.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Mental Illness in Couple Relationships
    (Pierre Imlay)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • I Wanted to Cry
    (Allen Lam)

  • Still Invisible: Elder care needs to respect LGBT seniors
    (Chris Morrissey)

  • Believing in Hope Again: Overcoming depression and alcohol addiction in a relationship
    (Violeta and Frank)

  • Is There Love After the Psych Ward?
    (Victoria Maxwell)

  • From This Day Forward
    (Marion Gibson)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • My Partner Has a Mental Illness: BC Schizophrenia, Victoria's spousal support group
    (Susanne Dannenberg and Hazel Meredith)

  • Sex, Intimacy and Mental Well-Being
    (Daniel Kline)

  • Money and Relationships: Supporting a spouse/partner with a mental illness
    (Scott Hannah)

  • Couples Therapy Can Help When Mental Health Issues Arise
    (Jan Sutherland)

  • Divorce With a High-Conflict Person
    (Bill Wagg)


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