Let's talk is a blog that aims to support and strengthen families affected by mental health, alcohol and other drug problems. Sharing stories and hearing from others in a similar situation is helpful for family members who are often reluctant to talk about their experiences. This can be because of stigma and discrimination they have experienced over time combined with feelings of guilt and shame associated with mental health, alcohol and other drugs. Sharing stories and listening to others in similar situations is one way to stay healthy and feel "normal" (whatever that is). When we look after ourselves we are better placed to keep supporting others.
Note: This blog is not a counselling or crisis service. If urgent assistance is needed please call 'ooo' emergency, Lifeline 13 11 14 or, Beyond Blue, 1300 22 4636.