There are a number of treatment options for people struggling with poor mental health.
Some of those treatments involve medication or specialist staff but others are really simple and do not require anything other than time and commitment. There may be a long wait before your loved one can be assessed and assigned treatment which can be frustrating and it can feel like a ‘waiting game’ for treatment to start and things to begin to get better.
But there are things that you can do whilst you wait for assessmnet that can stop things getting worse or that can prevent layers of coping strategies or harmful behaviours creating more problems.
I wish I hadn’t relied on Mental Health Services to solve all our problems. By the time we did get an appointment, so many of their suggestions and treatment plans were things I could have been putting in place already. We wasted a year ‘waiting.’ Hindsight is a wonderful, if very annoying thing.
The suggestions below will not only help your loved one – they’ll help everyone. Eating less sugar, getting exercise, working on your 5 a day and getting into a sleep routine are things that everyone in the household can participate in together and that in itself will create a sense of control and working together.