Mental illnesses often present many challenges for family members. Periods of remission may be followed by relapses, and hope may be dashed by despair. Family members can play a critical role in helping loved ones seek help and embark on a journey of recovery, but it’s not easy!
The following list includes tips that may help families reflect on their relationships with their loved ones and the way they try to help. It is based on a webinar titled An Open Discussion with a Family Member on Borderline Personality Disorder and Improving Relationships. It is available at mcleanhospital.org/bpdinitiative. While BPD was the focus of the webinar, most of the tips are relevant for any mental illness.