Romantic relationships can have a major positive impact on people’s mental health, and the majority of partners are understanding about the situation.The survey found that: However, people with mental health problems and partners revealed, amongst other pressures such as financial and employment issues, that the mental health problem did put the most strain on relationships.Researchers have found that people who are married tend to have better health, while people who are separated or divorced tend to have poorer health.But do different types of relationships (i.e., cohabitation, marriage, remarriage) affect people's health in different ways? A study in the January 2004 issue of the found that while marriage was more beneficial for women's mental health, cohabitating was more beneficial for men's.By setting boundaries together, you can both have a deeper understanding of the type of relationship that you and your partner want.Boundaries are not meant to make you feel trapped or like you’re “walking on eggshells.” Creating boundaries is not a sign of secrecy or distrust — it’s an expression of what makes you feel comfortable and what you would like or not like to happen within the relationship.Mind and Relate surveyed people with experience of mental health problems in romantic relationships and asked a range of questions about communication and commitment.Two in three (63%) people with mental health problems who tell their partners about their condition have said that partners ‘weren’t fazed’ and were ‘really understanding’ when they first heard the news.
The first step to building a relationship is making sure you both understand each other’s needs and expectations—being on the same page is very important. The following tips can help you and your partner create and maintain a healthy relationship: Creating boundaries is a good way to keep your relationship healthy and secure.
Mind and the largest provider of relationship support, Relate, have today released research which shows that 77% of people with a mental health problems surveyed actively tell their partners about their mental health, and only 5% of those people said their partners broke up with them when they heard about their condition.
74% of a random sample of people with experience of being a partner of someone with a mental health problem surveyed said they weren’t fazed or wanted to understand the other person’s situation when they were told, and just 4% of those people said they felt afraid.
To be included in this study, the participants had to have completed the first nine annual BHPS interviews (1991-2000) and be younger than 65.
Each year, the participants provided information about their partnership status (i.e., cohabiting, married, separated, divorced, remarried), including information about any changes that occurred since the last interview.