It can be stressful when a loved one has a mental illness – but knowledge and the right attitude can help. If you have just found out that someone you care about has a mental illness you might wonder what it means and want to help.
The NSW Coroner’s Court has created a booklet which may assist you in coping with grief after a suicide. It is an excellent resource. This is an extract from the introduction.
If you’ve recently learned that someone you care about has taken their own life you are probably feeling shocked and wondering how this could have happened. It’s important that you know you are not alone, and that there are services and people who can help you.
A loved one’s suicide can be emotionally devastating. Everyone will have their own journey to healing and acceptance, but there are some suggested coping strategies which you may find useful.
I recently had the good fortune to be invited to the Hunter Institute’s conference on suicide prevention. The guest speaker was international suicide prevention expert, Dr. Morton Silverman.