Family Physician Support for a Family With a Mentally Ill Member

Ann Fam Med. 2016 Sep;14(5):460-2. doi: 10.1370/afm.1969.


Mentally ill family members can have a formidable impact on the families in which they reside. Family physicians can intervene in powerful ways when they are sensitive to those who are mentally ill and their families and can provide much needed compassionate support.

Keywords: behavioral medicine; medical family therapy; mental health; patient-centered medical care; psychosocial issues in healthcare and primary care.

MeSH terms

  • Empathy
  • Family / psychology*
  • Health Services / standards
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders
  • Physicians, Family*
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Stigma
  • Social Support*