Did you know that almost half of Americans suffering from depression do not get treatment? That’s a huge number and for some they may not get treatment because they don’t know where to turn to for information.  I wanted to share a resource to help some people.

Be supportive

Be supportive

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization to help those who have mental illness and those who want to support the community. The website a lot of information for those managing through and for caregivers. Some mental illnesses that NAMI has information on are:

Being informed is an important step, but if you have a loved one who needs help, there are other things you can do.

  • Encourage them to seek help. It may be difficult for some to realize their condition. Without pestering them, try to get them to get professional help to address their specific needs.
  • Have realistic expectations. Try to be balanced and help your loved one see their positive aspects.
  • Be supportive and stay in touch. Keeping in contact can be a huge help and a source of encouragement during difficult times.

As I’m learning more about mental illnesses to help a family member during a difficult time right now, I realize I have to make some adjustments. Not realizing the severity of the situation, I was quick to get upset at the behavior. I’m hoping that I’m becoming more patient and understanding as we work through this.

I sincerly hope that National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a resource you can use.

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