A person’s mental health can affect those close to them. It can be difficult for a young person if one or more of their parents are struggling.
This might be because they’re worried about them, or because the parent is not able to do the usual stuff they do.
If this is something you’re going though, here is an outline supports and other ways to help.
What you might experience
When a parent is experiencing mental health problems there are lots of different ways you might react. Fear, guilt and concern for their wellbeing are all common things to feel.
It’s also not unusual to feel some anger or resentment if you believe they should have managed the situation differently or managed their health better. This could be for a number of reasons such as using drink or drugs, not taking prescribed medication, missing appointments, or generally not looking after themselves.