Mental health and relationships
Mental health problems can affect our relationships – and vice versa.
If there’s a mental health problem within your relationship, or you’re struggling with how you feel about a relationship, the tools and advice on this page may help.
How do relationships affect mental health?
The more stable and fulfilling our relationships, the happier we’re likely to feel. But if things aren’t going so well, then any problems like conflict or fear could trigger a mental illness such as depression or anxiety.
On the other hand, if there’s already a problem with your own or your partner’s mental health, that can have a negative effect on your relationship, too.
On this page, you’ll find a range of information and advice from Bupa’s experts. It’s designed to help you manage your relationships and support your own, your partner’s, or even a friend’s mental health.
How can I support a partner with mental health issues?
It’s hard to see a loved one struggling. It’s especially difficult if your relationship, or your own mental health, suffers as a result.
If you want to support a partner living with a mental health condition, a good place to start might be a talking therapy. Counselling or CBT are just two ways that could help either or both of you to cope.
Supporting a partner’s mental health can be hard work, so don’t forget to be kind to yourself and look after your own wellbeing, too. Consider using self-help support networks such as MIND.
Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance
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