Stick with it. But to do that, you need to make sure that you are able to stick with it. Sometimes a mental health problem will be long lasting, and will vary in severity over many months, years, or a lifetime. In these circumstances, being the friend or family member of someone with these difficulties can be very draining, yet people experiencing mental illness need to be able to rely on their friends and family through thick and thin. They are unlikely to have the time or the energy to invest in people who can't be relied upon. So what can you do if you are struggling to provide support?
Having support for yourself as a carer is key if you are going to last the journey. It is crucial. In order to offer help we will need to receive encouragement and support ourselves. Many mental health organisations offer groups for carers, and any mental health professionals involved will be able to offer support and guidance. Check out the resource section near the back of this booklet that we have produced or look at Mind and Soul's Directory.
Churches are becoming more aware of this need and exciting things are happening all over the world. Many are signing up to our Free to worship charter, pledging to try to make a difference in this area. Perhaps you might find a church that can support you, or might want to add your church to the list.
Supporting people with mental health problems takes commitment, and this is something that can't be made on your own. Make sure you are supported, too.