Conference-Camillo Zacchia: When love is not enough: Understanding and managing stress when a loved one has a mental illness
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Facing mental illness is painful for families. It undermines their ability to cope with everyday living.
Friends for Mental Health guides families towards new paths in learning to live with mental illness. We listen and counsel, we provide information and referrals, we offer self-help and respite, and we promote public awareness. Flexible and responding to changing needs, Friends for Mental Health works in collaboration with other professional mental healthcare providers. We are a non-profit, bilingual organization serving primarily the West Island of Montreal.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Stigma is broadly defined as a collection of adverse and unfair beliefs. The stigma around mental health most often leads to the inaccurate and hurtful objectification of people as dangerous and incompetent. The shame and isolation associated with stigma prevents people from seeking the help necessary to live healthy and full lives.* Stigma is fundamentally unjust and I wonder when society will start to view mental illness with the respect, the compassion and the dignity it deserves? Many people with a mental illness report that being judged is one of their greatest barriers to a complete...
One of the most difficult, harrowing, and frustrating aspects of living with a family member who has severe or chronic mental illness is often the inability of the loved one to acknowledge that they are struggling with a mental illness. Families may struggle for years or decades trying to convince their loved one to seek help or convince them that they in fact do need help. Families suffer immensely in silence and the toll can be devastating. There is little that is more emotionally taxing than seeing a loved one struggle with a severe and chronic mental illness and feeling helpless and incapable of giving them the care they need, and seeing them unable...
I have the right: To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will enable me to take better care of my loved one. I have the right: To seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength. I have the right: To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself. I have the...