“I was open to seeking help. Knowing the impact it had on everyone around me, especially my younger siblings, I wanted to do something about it.”
Our families can play a key role in our mental health and wellbeing. Good family relationships can make us feel safe and loved, and provide a sense of belonging. Often we learn the skills to manage life’s difficulties from our family.
Your family can be one of your main supports if you have mental health issues. Being close to you, they can notice changes in your behaviour and be there for you when you need support.
Unhealthy family relationships may set you up for some mental health problems and hold back your recovery. If people in your family are unable to understand or accept your mental health issues when you first open up, you may not feel like talking about them again - to them or anyone else.
Learning ways to help you and your family support each other with mental health issues can be an important part of recovery.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about family connections. We also have information on supporting family, connecting with partners, and connecting with parents.
A closer look
Supportive family relationships are a protective factor for mental health
Extra stressors can put families under extra strain
Families that play together stay together
Domestic violence has negative impacts on families
Some mental illnesses are genetic
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.