Home > Daily-tips Updated 07 March 2013 Nearest and dearest depressed? Depression 0 Getty Your family member or friend has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to make the situation better for your loved one and for yourself, according to the Cape Support for Mental Health. Take action:Empower yourself by finding out as much about the illness and the treatment as possible; find a psychiatrist who specialises in the particular illness and who is recommended by others who are in a similar position; look after yourself and take care not to get swamped by the illness; don’t take personal responsibility for the illness – you haven’t caused the illness and don’t need to feel guilty; join a support group in your area to share your experiences and feelings with people who are in a similar position.Visit our Depression Centre for more info. More: Daily-tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical More evidence masks slow Covid spread Medical What will it take for people to embrace a Covid vaccine? Diet and nutrition How to influence healthier buying habits - what a study found News Partner Content | Meet the Next Generation of Brave: Vivian Chengalroyan Medical Study identifies key enzyme in development of autoimmune diseases Diet and nutrition OPINION | Chronic diseases, immunity and nutrition. Nutrition is important now more than ever! Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.