Who is a loved one? Usually loved ones are those who are friends and family of someone who is struggling with a mental health issue. So, if you love or care about someone who has a mental health diagnosis then you are a “loved one”.
In the first half of each Fresh Hope meetings loved ones are included in Fresh Hope group meetings. We find that when loved ones hear the stories of others who have a mental health issue, they gain insights that they might otherwise not have understood from the very one that they have come to help and support. Also, loved ones are able to help those who have the mental health diagnosis understand and gain insights from the perspective of family and friends. It becomes a significant time of “cross pollination” and shared insights. For many who attend Fresh Hope, this is one of the greatest strengths of our meetings.
Loved ones are more than welcome to attend even if the person whom they love or care about is not yet attending Fresh Hope. We have found that many times the loved one is initially aware of the need for support more than the person who might be in the midst of a mental health crisis.
During the second half of each of our meetings the loved ones meet as a group and encourage and problem solve together.
Research shows that when those who have a mental health challenge have a good support system of family and friends, they in fact do better with their recovery.