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.

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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.

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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.

Tips for looking after your mental health and relationships

Coping with a long-term health condition

A long-term physical health condition can also take its toll on your mental wellbeing. Here are some strategies for helping you build your resilience as you look after your own or your partner’s mental health.

Looking after your mental health as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Whether you were stuck at home together or forced to stay apart, your relationship may have suffered. This article suggests five things to focus on as you manage your mental health and relationships.

Support for your mental health and relationships from Bupa’s experts

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, is where you’ll find a wide range of help in coping with relationships.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Any onward referrals for consultations, tests or treatment are subject to the benefits and exclusions of your cover. Please check your guide and certificate for further details or contact us to check your eligibility.

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