What are some warning signs that a family member may need help?
Signs that a family member may need help include changes in behavior, such as depression, isolation, irritability, poor self-care, and increased use of alcohol or drugs. Other signs to look out for are an inability to handle daily tasks, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety.
Where to get help
There are a number of resources available for those seeking mental health support for their families. Online counseling services, local support groups, and hotlines are all good places to start. Many communities also offer free or low-cost mental health programs, including crisis centers and support groups. Additionally, your family doctor or pediatrician may be able to provide referrals to qualified mental health professionals.