Living with mental illness in the family
You may experience a variety of emotions when your sibling has symptoms of, or is diagnosed with mental health issues and you may be afraid and worried about how your relationship will change with your sibling.
You may feel a sense of loss and sorrow as you see changes in their personality and behaviour and can feel unsure about your relationship. Also, you may have experienced mixed feelings like anger and guilt – and even embarrassment about your sibling’s behaviour in front of friends.
Finding out more about mental health issues, how this can affect you, and how other siblings and families have coped, can really help. It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
At Skylark we are here to help and work, not only with the young person experiencing mental health challenges but also with the family. Visit one of our Walk-in clinics if you would like to speak a counsellor – it’s free, and there’s no appointment necessary.
Do you sometimes feel like there’s no one you can talk to about this? If you do, you’re not alone. Having a sibling with special needs affects you and everyone else in your family in different ways.
We encourage siblings who live in Toronto to contact us at 416-482-0081 to find out how we at Skylark can support and find creative ways to connect and support siblings with each other.
Check out these web sites to get more info, read about how other siblings cope and find out what you can do to look after yourself: