Don”t Shout: If the mentally ill person seems not to be listening, it isn”t because he or she is hard of hearing. Other “voices”# may be interfering or predominating.
Don”t Criticize: It may only make matters worse; it can”t make things better.
Do Learn About Their Illness: Stay educated on the signs and symptoms of your family member”s illness and the things they may be experiencing.
Do Recognize Warning Signs: Take note of any change in sleeping or eating habits, social withdrawal, and signs of irritability.
Do Ask For Help When Needed: Don”t be afraid to seek help and advice from a qualified medical professional, physician, or advanced practice behavioral health nurse.
Remember: The future is unpredictable, so stay in a present mindset.Reduce expectations for a rapid recovery. Reduce pressure on the patient for performance. Modify overall expectations and strike a reasonable balance between realism and hope.
Tips from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia
Local Crisis Stabilization Facilities
Summit Ridge Hospital
Eastside Heritage Behavioral Health Center