So much focus is put on the patients who are coping with mental illness, and rightfully so. However, I also think that more emphasis should be put into making sure the family members who serve as caregivers. They need real support, and their mental health should not be ignored. Although they may be mentally healthier than the ones they are caring for, they are only human and are vulnerable as well. The relationship between the family members will go through changes, and other issues may arise.
Have you ever had to care for a family member who was had severe mental illness? How did you handle your responsibilities? How did you feel?