A List on Mental Illness in Relationships

This is an open article written on behalf of those who struggle with mental illness for those who don’t understand it but want to.

Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of deaths below the age of 29. Beyond this, over 800 thousand people will commit suicide every year. For every successful suicide, there are an estimated 20 attempts. Today, mental health plagues our world.

Deeper than this platform allows, the reason for this is vast and beyond myself. What I do know, however, is that we need to speak about it. We need to humanize mental illness instead of demonizing it.

We forget that similar to the flu, this sickness needs to be cared for, too.

Proposed here: a list on understanding and caring for somebody with mental illness.

Regardless of what anybody says, mental illness is a disruption in chemical balance that affects the entire body. Fatigue, illness, restlessness, etc., are all part of the gig. Do not punish somebody for the way they feel.

There will be days when the only company one keeps is their four bedroom walls. Don’t take it personally.

If you chose to be in a relationship with somebody who struggles with mental illness, do not hold yourself responsible for the way we feel. You are an addition to the lives of those with mental illness, not the source of it.

Patience. When you don’t know what to give to better the situation, always start with patience.

Battling with your own inner thoughts is a form of exhaustion that is unexplainable, and much like politics, this is a battle that will never end.

You are not a hero for loving somebody who suffers from mental illness. Do not abuse the power of your mental health.

try your best to avoid toxifying someone else’s mental illness in your life. Everybody has bad days.

“It’s all in your head,” doesn’t change the fact that it’s there. Mentally ill people cannot move out of their consciousness. They can only redecorate — but still, a foundation remains.

Finally, please do not feel like your pain is insignificant because it isn’t constant or diagnosed. Everybody is allowed to hurt. It’s human to feel. There is no capital on suffering.

If you or somebody you know is struggling with mental illness, here is a global directory of resources.

Editor-in-Chief | Journalist | Creative Director. Everything here is inspired by conversations with friends.

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