Tips for being in a relationship with a mental illness:

It is often discussed how mental health concerns can lead to poor academic achievement and poor social functioning with youth or adolescence, unemployment and substance abuse in young adults, and self-harm or suicide in all age ranges.  While these are all true, it is important to take it a step further and discuss how mental health can affect an individual in other aspects of their life, like romantic relationships.

 Mental health difficulties increase with added life stressors, like a new romantic relationship, a recent separation, or an unhealthy relationship. Feeling connected and close to others is an important aspect of good mental health.  Women in committed healthy relationships experience significantly fewer mental health problems than single women.  

Improving relationships can improve mental health, but improving mental health does not guarantee an automatic improvement in relationships. Good mental health helps you enjoy life and cope effectively with problems.

Remember to:

  1. Love yourself first: Don’t rely on someone else to build your confidence and self-esteem.
  2. Understand your comfort zone: Make sure you know your limits and your triggers.
  3. Never settle: Mental illness does not mean you should settle for anything less than what you deserve.