Support System

Support System

Support System

“I can’t promise to fix all your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them all alone.”

It’s hard to not ignore the attempt of friends making their best efforts to fix you, to solve the problem.

When we love someone, it’s easy to believe we are of best use to that person by helping them figure out what is wrong.

We can easily become blind to what is most powerful in helping a person with a mental illness, for that matter, any illness.  Is to be by their side.  The experience of pain and healing is for that person to feel.  And loved ones can be of most help by taking care of themselves and letting their loved one know:

I am here to listen.

I am here to love you.

I am here to let you know you, “you are not alone”

It is encouraged to educate yourself on the definition of the specific illness your loved one is struggling with.  It is encouraged to share information you believe is unknown to that person regarding the illness.

That is very different from telling a person what they should or should not be doing to “fix” themselves.

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