Having an OSI can be difficult. You may avoid family and friends, or stop doing things that you once enjoyed. Your family may also start avoiding the same things as they may adapt their behaviours, moods and routines to yours. You may feel guilt or frustration because you cannot cope with your physical or mental health concerns.
Family members often become absorbed into the care of OSIs, which could result in family members neglecting their own needs. This may negatively impact your quality of life and your family’s quality of life.
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 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. We always ensure your safety is paramount.
If you want help:
Date Modified : 2016-10-28