Being diagnosed with a mental illness is a harrowing time, both for the patient and their loved ones. You will probably have lots of questions and uncertainties about what to do next, what help is available as well as where to find it. While you may be feeling isolated it is important to remember that you are not alone. Research has shown that one in four people, at some time in their lives, experience mental health difficulties and, while each person is affected differently, the amount of support offered represents the wide-spread need for these services.
Questions you might be asking:
- Who will look after my treatment?
- What help is available near me?
- How can my family help?
- Should I tell my employer/work colleagues?
- Will I need to tell my insurance company or the DVLA?
What to do now
The medical professional who diagnosed you will probably be able to help you find most of the information you are looking for and should be your first point of call. The most important thing is to talk to someone about any concerns you may have; even if this is just with a friend or family member who can offer emotional support or help with your day-to-day living.
If you do not feel comfortable speaking with friends or family members, or require specific medical advice, then there are many other people who can help too. Your medical professional should also be able to tell you about any local support groups or services available to you where you will be able to find trained councillors as well as people in the same situation.
Although this can be a daunting time it is important to remember that help is at hand from a variety of different places. Whatever help or support you require there are plenty of people who are there for you no matter what your needs are.