Having a partner with a mental illness can feel very lonely. You may feel as if it’s not right to burden others with your problems and concerns, but also wish there was someone who understands what you are going through. Maybe, for whatever reason, going to therapy or in-person support groups yourself is not an option, or not enough. What else is there?
Technology to the rescue!
Online support groups–sometimes called online discussion groups or Internet self-help groups–are one way of finding others who are having the same experiences you are as the partner of someone with a mental illness. These online support groups generally are welcoming environments which users often find helpful. People who use online support groups get emotional support and suggestions, as well as accurate information, since other users will quickly chime in to make a correction if someone posts something erroneous.
Advantages of finding support online
What to watch out for
Online support groups
These groups are, in general, for people who have the actual illness, but there are often threads and areas specifically for families. It also can be very helpful to read about the experiences of the people who have the disorders, and to ask them questions about what might be happening with your partner.
Forums at Psych Central (over 150 different groups!)
WebMD Communities (Physical and mental health conditions)
Daily Strength (Depression)
Depression Fallout (Specifically for partners)
Mental Earth Community (All mental disorders)
Find the Light (Mood disorders and anxiety)
Something Fishy (Eating disorders)
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Last reviewed: 15 Nov 2011