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Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

I think that you should take whatever measures you need to get appropriate care for yourself. If going around behind your family's back is the only way you can see a psych, take your meds, etc., then you should do it and find other sources of support, like how @Stealth_ninja got their friends to come with them.

 

If you're still financially dependent on your family it's harder but I still believe it's the right thing to do. Maybe you could see a GP with friends or talk to a counsellor or another adult that you trust, or even talk to someone here on RO.

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

What can you do if you're not okay with discussing mental health issues with your family?  Is it okay to seek help without them knowing?
 
 Of course it's okay to still seek help. You can talk to us for starters and your parent's will never know unless you tell them- unless you forgte to log out that is... You can still see a GP and get a mental health plan. Or a school counselor, the only tricky bit here is that if you're under 16 a Doctor or other health person can decide to tell your parents if they think it's necessary. If you're under 16 and worried about that. Talk to us! We can help you figure out next steps as there's often ways around that if you're worried. 

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

I'm off, have a great night guys.

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

Thanks @DirtWitch its definitely much better Smiley Happy

 

What can you do if you're not okay with discussing mental health issues with your family? Is it okay to seek help without them knowing?

 

Well i did this. I think it's important to have people that know your truth so that you can confide in them. I hid everything from my parents and that got pretty difficult at times especially when living in the same house. I definitely wouldnt recommend it, but i had a few really close friends i told everything and a really amazing GP and psychologist that I trusted a lot and knew i could call. I think its a complex question and it really depends. I didnt know about RO/wasn't on here when i was at my worst and I definitely think this community does a lot of people that are in situations that were like mine - i mean i just winged all of it.  I mean all of us, me and all my friends just winged it. We had no idea what to do, how to get help. I guess that's why its so important for me to be on RO and make sure other people are getting information,support and guidance cause everyones situations is complex, different and hard in their own way.

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

Night @FootyFan26!

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Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

I think it's definitely ok to seek help without telling your family. I did, I have friends that did and I know lots of other people do. There are ways to do it without your family knowing and with minimal expense although it can be harder financially and logistically if younger and confidentiality can get blurry. I wish it was something everyone could talk to their family about but sometimes that's not reality. That being said, whilst not always true, sometimes families actually react better than we expect. 

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Aaaand that just about wraps it up for tonight! Thank you everyone who took part in tonight's GR; we had some really great discussions about topics that often aren't easy to talk about. 

 

To summarise:

  • Everybody has a family (and related feelings!) that are unique to them
  • Even though we love our family members, sometimes it is hard to talk about topics like mental health with them. Sometimes they might care about us but not always know what to do. A lot of the times people don't like talking about mh because they're afraid of the burden it would cause.
  • There are still ways you can try to normalise mh issues with your family, things like bringing up symptoms and issues in casual conversations, or making it clear to younger sibs they can always come to you. Model the behaviour you needed as a kid!
  • Lastly, if you feel like you can't discuss mh with your family, that's okay too. Do what you need to for your own health. Sometimes our families are part of our recovery and sometime's they're not; in the end what matters is that you're on the road to recovery.

Once again, thanks everyone who participated! Have a great night and I'll see you all around at the next GR!

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

Thank you so much for a great chat everybody! Really loved this one Smiley Happy 

 

As always feel free to add your 2 cents later Smiley Happy Always happy to keep talking! 

 

 

Re: [CHAT] Discussing mental health with your family

Thanks @DirtWitch! Night everyone Smiley Very Happy