My Parents & Sister
As they've been around my whole life, they know my problems better than anyone. It was a learning curve for them as well as me when I was first diagnosed with Anxiety. My parents always had an inkling that I had suffered with anxiety and have been incredibly supportive. When I told them I was getting put on medication for my panic attacks, they were initially a bit weary since they knew my anxiety was a "mild" form (mild form my arse), but they've seen how much it has helped me. They know that things can get too much for me sometimes and make sure they do everything they can to make me feel as comfortable as possible. Georgia is also just as supportive, knowing about my problems and being there as a helping hand.
My Boyfriend, Morgan
My Close Friends
Throughout my life, I have friends old and new who all know about my problems. There are many of my friends who also suffer with mental health issues, so they already know how much of a battle it is. There were times during my education where I lashed out at my friends and I would be having panic attacks on a daily basis. A lot of them just avoided me (with good reason!) but there were a special few who stuck by me through it. They've all helped me through some very dark times, and my new friends are incredibly understanding. I couldn't ask for better people to surround myself with.
My Extended Family
My extended family are absolute nutters. And I mean that in the most loving way possible. Not a lot of my extended family know about my mental health and some are too young to fully understand it. Despite this, they're very supportive even if my habits are very unusual. My nan always scolds me when I pick at my fingers and my youngest cousin started to pick his fingers for a little while because he watched me do it. Thankfully, he doesn't anymore, but it really gets me thinking the influence my mental health has. One of my cousins has also developed Dermatillomania in the past few months and finds that reading my Skin Deep series is helping her (Hello Ellie if you're reading!) Despite mental health not being quite prevalent with my extended family, we're all very caring towards the subject.
Being in a workplace with mental health issues is something I've always been worried about. I was working in a cinema job when I was first diagnosed with Anxiety and they weren't as understanding and supportive as they could have been. There was one point where I hated the job so much, I would cry everytime I had to go to work. The job I was in definitely played a part in making my anxiety worse, but the other jobs I've been in have thankfully been more positive. My current job is lovely and honestly, I haven't really told them about my mental health issues because I'm in a good place right now (yes I know, I probably should have), but when it comes time to come off my medication, they will have to know. All the people I have worked for have been very kind and understanding of my mental health issues and I'm thankful that they have been.
Having mental health issues can definitely hinder some relationships, but if understood and researched, it can make them much stronger. My relationships with the important people in my life have definitely been a shining example of that.