Being with someone who has OSI can be difficult. You may feel guilt or frustration because you cannot help their physical or mental health concerns. Their avoidance becomes yours, and you adapt to their behaviours, moods and routines. This may negatively impact your family’s quality of life.
Over time, the change in family dynamics may lead to burnout in families of those with OSIs. It can manifests as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, substance abuse, anger, depression, and isolation.
There is a community around you that is going through what you are right now. OSISS can help you tap into our community for its compassion, wisdom, and experience.
Your first step is to contact a Family Peer Support Coordinator. They will provide hope and acceptance from someone who has walked in your shoes. Coordinators have developed networks of community resources and can connect you to helpful resources and information.
Our Coordinators also facilitate moderated groups to help you connect with others who are in similar situations. You are in control of how fast or slow you progress and how much or how little support you want. The conversation is kept confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental at all times.
If you want help: