As a parent, it is never easy to witness your adult child struggle with serious mental illness. Watching them suffer from depression or anxiety can be difficult, especially when you are getting older yourself and may not have the same energy or strength that you once had in order to help them through their struggles. However, there are still many ways for you to provide support and care for your adult child with SMI.
Start by understanding your own limits. It is important to recognize when you are not able to take on additional responsibilities due to age or physical limitations. This may mean that you need to look into outside help, such as a mental health professional or Therapeutic Adult Skills Training Program if you are feeling overwhelmed. Our program is five days a week from 8 until 4pm and includes lunch and transportation for qualifying members.
Encourage your adult child to seek professional help and therapy. Mental health is something that should be taken seriously, and getting the help they need can be life-changing for those with SMI. However, do not feel like you are responsible for forcing or coercing them into receiving treatment – make sure they know it is their choice.
Be a consistent source of support and love, no matter what your adult child is going through. Listen to them when they need to vent and be there for them during difficult times. People with SMI are often sensitive to the behavior and attitudes of those around them, so it is important that you remain patient and understanding.
Finally, take care of yourself as well. While it is important to be supportive and understanding of your adult child with SMI, this does not mean that you should put their needs before yours. Investing in the right resources for both of you can help keep everyone healthy and happy.