Supporting a spouse or partner with a mental health problem can be scary and challenging - it can be tough to know what to do, or how to be helpful. These stories, by people with mental health problems and the loved ones who have supported them, could provide some useful tips and insight. 

Mental illness has affected my relationships for good and bad

Relationships can be amazing, wonderful, exciting. But they can also be difficult. If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that they take hard work from both parties involved. The vulnerability that comes with falling in love can be an incredibly scary prospect. For those with mental illness, there’s an extra fear that this vulnerability will highlight parts of themselves that can be difficult to understand.

My relationships get me through depression

In my past I have and still frequently experience depression. I've used medication for years trying to deal with it, but it does have side effects. I understand that mine may not be considered as severe as many others'. But it's severe enough to affect me, my relationships and my life. 

I have bipolar, but my boyfriend does not judge me

In 2015, I was diagnosed with bipolar type 2 and social anxiety disorder. Since the diagnosis, I have struggled to keep a job, to keep friends and to have a life. I suffer from hypersomnia too, where I find myself sleeping for 12+ hours when I can, just to feel normal. I've been struggling with my moods since I was 11; I'm now almost 28. I couldn't get diagnosed earlier due to my moods being just as erratic as teenagers.

Mental health support from people around me made all the difference


On 14th October 2014 I awoke feeling like I had woken with the worst hangover imaginable. I looked around and had no idea where I was or who these strange people were around me. I walked in a daze to a locked door and was eventually allowed to eat something that resembled breakfast. Yes, I was sectioned. This was for my own safety and just like police custody the staff ensured there were no means available for me to take my own life. 

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