Many families and individuals have once and still face mental health problems today. A lot it has been written about the mental health and problems that people face at. However, very little is said about how much burden is borne by an individual living with a person with mental health problems.
In the theoretical part of the master's thesis, I pay attention to the definition of mental health, the common problems faced by patients and recovery. It was important for me to investigate the stigma faced by patients and relatives and to describe the differences between the medical and social models. The role of the family, especially family dynamics in the family, what a family member in a family with a mental disorder experiences and where they can seek help and support, was very important to me.
The second part of the thesis is the research part. Through qualitative, inquiry-based and empirical research, I obtained data for further analysis based on nine interviews with people experiencing mental health problems and their relatives.
The results show that family members have mainly respectful and good relationships with their relatives who are mentally illness and they feel responsible to family members. This responsibility also leads to a change in attitude, some have improved it, others are still striving for a good relationship. In the face of distress, guilt and fear, everyone was prepared to seek help at various self-help groups, relaxation workshops and discussions with their homegrown people.