Caregiver Center

Supporting Your Loved One

  1. The role of a caregiver in serious mental illness
  2. Effective communication
  3. Helping a loved one make treatment decisions
  4. Recognizing and managing relapse
  5. Seeking and accepting support
  6. Taking care of yourself

Supporting your loved one

Caregivers can play an important role in the mental health recovery process.
A caregiver, whether a family member or friend, is an important person in the life of someone with a serious mental health condition. The support offered by caregivers can be valuable to a loved one’s recovery. This help, along with medicine, therapy, interventions, and peer support, can be essential to helping a family member or friend feel better.

As a caregiver, there are many different responsibilities to take on. These responsibilities help provide support through the treatment process. If a loved one is open to receiving support, you may be able to help him or her manage their condition by:

  • Going to doctor visits together
  • Keeping in contact with his or her healthcare professionals (if you have been granted permission to)
  • Helping him or her maintain a daily routine at home
  • Helping him or her with daily activities
  • Making sure your family member or friend is taking his or her medicine
  • Watching symptom breakthroughs or relapse triggers
  • Asking your loved one or friend to discuss ways to help him or her follow his or her treatment plan

This section is intended to offer you information and support to help you better care for a loved one with a serious mental health condition.

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