Understanding mental illness can help you to better support your loved one
What exactly is a mental illness?
A mental illness causes mild to severe disturbances in thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours. Mental illness can make it incredibly challenging, or even impossible to cope with life's ordinary 'ups and downs'. It can cause significant problems for people, such as interrupting work and home routines and affecting their ability to relate to others.
Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These illnesses are identified through 'symptoms' or prolonged changes in a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
There are a number of warning signs that a person may be struggling with mental health problems. The sooner these mental health problems are recognised and support and treatment offered, the better the outcome for your loved one. You could make a real difference to them by arming yourself with some basic knowledge and the right attitude.