When someone has a mental health problem it is important to try and keep relationships going, whether that be with family members, friends or a partner. This may be hard as people experiencing mental distress will want to interact with people less than usual. Things are equally difficult if the person you know is suffering, as you may feel helpless and then frustrated by their condition. Despite these challenges, you can still maintain healthy relationships.
Whether you are experiencing bad mental health or are close to someone who is, it is important to be honest and open up to these people around you.
No matter how hard it may be, telling people how you are feeling gives them a chance to try and understand what is going on in your head, rather than leaving them to guess. It is easy to get wound up on what is going on in your mind and take it out on the people around you, but it is important to understand that the people close to you want to help. More often than not, this can then open up a discussion and you can work together to try and get through the barriers that you are facing. Sometimes, other people can also put things into words better than you might be able to at that time.
Keeping busy and focusing on what makes you happy is also a good way to look after yourself, as well as being a good way to make the relationships with the people around you stronger. It is really important to remember to take care of yourself; taking time out regularly to go for a walk and talk about your favourite band, practicing self-care or sitting down together to watch your favourite film will not only balance your mind, but also show support.
If you know that someone is suffering, it is important to try and understand what that person may be going through. Approach them and listen to what they may or may not want to tell you. Try and understand that their difficulties may only be temporary. Give them the space they need and make sure that they know you are there if they decide they want to reach out to you.
The most important thing is to support each other.