FAMILY & CAREGIVER SUPPORT
If you are located in Stephenson County, we have an in-person support group that you are encouraged to attend. If you are not local, that's okay! There are many support groups for family and caregivers all over the world. Here is a link to find one in your area. It's important to know you are never alone. Often times, it can be very helpful to talk with others who are experiencing something similar (caring for someone with a mental illness).
Online support groups can also be very helpful. Join our online support group by clicking this link. Our support group is private, so anything you share is not available to the public. We know how important your privacy is when it comes to mental health. Many of our support group members have first-hand experience in providing care for a loved one with mental illness. Several of our support group members also struggle with a variety of mental health issues themselves. The members of our support group are willing to discuss their experiences with you and offer you their support.
When a friend or family member is living with a mental health condition it can be very stressful on those who love and care for them. You will be affected by the mental illness too. It's normal and understandable to feel a mixture of emotions; concern, compassion, disbelief, anger, anxiety, love, guilt, grief, and more. Persons with mental health conditions need your love, help and support. There may be times when they are demanding, disruptive, withdrawn, and more depending on how their symptoms are affecting them. Often times behaviors and problems of your loved one who is ill may test your patience and it can be difficult to cope. That's why we have created this area of the website. We want you to know you are not alone and there are resources to help you.