How to deal with an elderly relative’s mental health problems

When you see a loved one with a mental illness, you want to help them.

But there are a lot of things you can do that can be helpful as well.

Here are some ideas that can help.

1.

Talk to your loved one about what you want.

The most common question that I hear from people is: “I just want to talk to my friend about my mental health.”

But that’s a really bad idea.

I don’t want you to feel pressured to do that.

Talk about your feelings.

What are you feeling?

What can you tell your loved person?

Ask yourself, “What are the things that I’m struggling with right now?

Is there something I can do about it?”

2.

Give your loved ones space.

You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in your life.

Your loved one may not know how to manage your life, and you may be wondering, “Why do I need to talk about this?”

Ask yourself: “What does this mean for my mental wellbeing?

Can I talk about it now?”

3.

Don’t blame them.

It’s tempting to blame your loved-one for their mental health issues.

But don’t.

Just like you would not want to feel bad about something you did or said, you do not want them to feel depressed or overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities.

If you can help your loved someone to better understand their situation, you’ll be doing them a service.

4.

Donate money.

If your loved will have some financial resources to spend on things like medications or a home, consider giving them money to help with their care.

It can be difficult for a loved-ones finances to be handled by someone who does not know what to do with them, and it can be especially difficult if you are elderly.

If the money is coming from you, it’s a wonderful way to show your support.

5.

Help them figure out their problems.

Don’T give them a formula or a list of symptoms.

Your answer to “Why?” will help them identify what’s going on.

They may need to get some help from an experienced mental health professional.

6.

Ask questions.

Often, a loved person is going through a time when they are not able to fully express their feelings.

They are going through challenges in their life, like a divorce or an illness.

Ask yourself questions to get them started.

If they are really struggling, try asking them about it in person.

The more they hear about it, the better.

This will give them time to think about it and be able to share their experiences with you.

7.

Support them with social supports.

Donation programs can be a great way to help people cope.

If a loved has been struggling for a long time, they may be in need of some financial help.

If that’s the case, they might be eligible for financial assistance through the Salvation Army or another community service program.

If not, they can apply for financial help through your local chapter of the Salvation Alliance.

The Salvation Army and the Salvation Federation are both excellent charities to donate to. 8.

Try a program that is tailored to your family.

I know some people have been through a rough time, and they need some help.

They can find support through a program like The Lighthouse, or by working with a professional.

If possible, work with a therapist or a counselor who can help them understand their feelings and their challenges.

These services are often not available to everyone.

But they can be very helpful.

9.

Take care of yourself.

If someone has a mental health condition, they have a right to know how their caregiving will be handled.

And if they need help, they should feel comfortable asking for it.

If it’s something you are comfortable with doing, do it.

Even if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, you can be more comfortable when you are with someone who is willing to help.

10.

Make plans.

This is a tough one.

There are a great many things you don´t want to do, like having your loved not know where they are going to go to or not know when they can go to a job.

These things can make your life difficult, and a lot more than you think.

And then there are things you want them or need them for.

It may be hard to figure out how to make plans together to keep your loved at home or how to take care of them.

I have found that when people are willing to do these things, they are much more likely to take good care of themselves.