Friends and family
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Family Member and Friends

Supporting someone who has an OSI can be difficult. You may feel guilt, frustration or anger 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 can have a significant impact in families of those with an OSI. It can manifest as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, substance abuse, anger, depression or isolation.
“The last few months have been very difficult and I have been feeling very isolated and alone. The chance to connect with people who understand what I am going through has given me strength to keep going and fighting for my husband and our marriage.”
The great news is relationships with someone who has an OSI can be healthy, supportive and a source to help us grow!
 

Getting Help

Whatever you are experiencing, 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. 
 
Things to ask yourself: Reaching out to OSISS can help you:
  • Do you feel like you’re walking on eggshells trying not to upset anyone?
  • Do you feel like your family member is different than they used to be?
  • Do you feel emotionally or physically drained?
  • Do you feel no one will understand your life?
  • Understand Operational Stress Injuries
  • Learn how to support your loved one
  • Learn about setting healthy boundaries
  • Support and encourage your own wellness and self care 
  • Help you get connected to other resources and supports
Whether it is one on one or group activities, you have the choice of what type of support to participate in. Your first step is to contact an OSISS Coordinator. They will provide hope, acceptance and non-judgement as someone who has walked in your shoes. 

The conversation is kept confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental at all times.