I decided that I could benefit greatly from hiring an expert, a consultant who could advise me. At this point, I had already proven to myself that I was willing to do the emotional work, no matter how tough or painful it may be. I just needed someone to help me clear the air and point me in the right direction.
Her work focuses on helping children, teenagers and young adults face their mental health issues head on, by helping develop one’s sense of self and emotional intelligence (EQ). This ultimately empowers the individual to take the best actions and choices for themselves, to ensure that they can lead a fulfilled, and happy life.
This is perhaps the hardest part of loving and living with someone who has any kind of MHI. They do things, driven by their condition, that they sometimes just cannot control. It might seem small, pointless and meaningless to you. It might seem like you just got your ass verbally beating for no damn reason.
Over the last couple of years I have become more aware of friendships that went very deep and the ones that were only there for the sake of “what can I get from this” experience. These were the friendship that were only for a reason or a season.
The stigma attached to MHI is the very reason why we do not have enough people openly sharing on their mental health such as someone with a physical incapacity; a broken leg or a heart problem.
This article will focus on what to do when everything does fall apart and a meltdown does happen. Yes. it will happen. I won’t lie, it was terrifying, frustrating, painful to watch, and I asked: “What do I do?”
At times, it feels like there is a third person in my relationship with my partner – the mental health issues. They come between us, and constantly sow doubts and confusion. What I’m writing here is my guide, based on personal experiences on how to help and support your partner who has mental health issues.