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Building a positive relationship with someone in a severe personal mental crisis.

Numerous studies have shown that building a positive social relationship, particularly family relationships can have long-term and short-term effects on one’s mental health. Depending on the nature of these relationships, mental health can be enhanced or impacted negatively.
An increasing body of research demonstrates that negative family relationships can cause stress, impact mental health and even cause physical symptoms. Research has shown that non-supportive families can detract from someone’s mental health and or cause a mental illness to worsen.
Most of the care that mental health sufferers often rely on is from family, so the recovery process can be negatively affected when family members deny this support.

 

Get help to build a positive social relationship

Suppose your family is negatively impacting your mental health. In that case, you may wish to make an appointment with a therapist or counselor to get help for your symptoms and learn strategies for coping with family problems. Chronic stress can detract from both mental and physical health. Over time, this stress can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. Chronic stress within a family is a particular concern as it often leaves the sufferer with few options for stress relief.

The state of your mental health is not typically a choice, but you can choose to seek help. If your family is not supportive, it’s essential to talk to your healthcare provider, who can help you understand your options so you can get the vital help you need.

 

Things to think about:

• It’s essential to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.
• Learn your children how to solve problems.
Help your family member develop self-esteem so that they feel good about themselves:
• Show lots of love and acceptance.
• Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
• Ask questions about their activities and interests.
• Help them set realistic goals.
Listen, and respect their feelings:
• It’s OK to feel sad or angry. Please encourage them to talk about how they feel.
• Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions and listening. Mealtime can be a good time for talking.
• Help each other find someone to talk to if they feel uncomfortable talking to you.
Create a safe, positive home environment:
• Be aware of media use, both the content and the amount of time spent on screens. This includes TV, movies, the Internet, and gaming devices.
• Be careful about discussing serious family issues around your children, such as finances, marital problems, or illness. Children can worry about these things.
• Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
• Be a role model by taking care of your mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.
In difficult situations, help children and youth solve problems:
• Help each other to relax when one feels upset. This could be deep breathing, doing something calming (such as a quiet activity they enjoy), taking some time alone, or going for a walk.
• Talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen. Try not to take over.

For more support. Download Minplan here and start using safety planning in your daily day.

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