The Ripple Effect

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01Carol2014010720140112 (RS)

If depression affects 1 in 4 of us (and the statistics tell us today alone 2 people in Scotland will commit suicide) imagine just how many people are then affected by association. How many wives, mothers, fathers, daughters, grandparents, friends, colleagues will have had to battle with living with, working alongside and continuing to care for, love and support someone who's struggling with some form of mental health problem? Thousands upon thousands of listeners are, right now, struggling to cope with mental health by association.

In The Ripple Effect; Clare English hears the experiences of living with mental health problems from a loved one's perspective. Negotiating unpredictable behaviour; the introspection and apparent self-obsession of a sufferer; the uncertainly of what will greet them when they go home; how they manage not to end up depressed themselves in the face of such challenges not to mention, quite simply, just how you continue to love someone when they are so frustrating to be with and emotionally withdrawn? Today, we hear Carol's story, she explains how she had to change how she reacted to the challenges of her husband's Bi-polar condition if she wanted her marriage to survive.

02Simon2014011420140119 (RS)

If depression affects 1 in 4 of us (and the statistics tell us today alone 2 people in Scotland will commit suicide) imagine just how many people are then affected by association. How many wives, mothers, fathers, daughters, grandparents, friends, colleagues will have had to battle with living with, working alongside and continuing to care for, love and support someone who's struggling with some form of mental health problem? Thousands upon thousands of listeners are, right now, struggling to cope with mental health by association.

In The Ripple Effect; Clare English hears the experiences of living with mental health problems from a loved one's perspective. Negotiating unpredictable behaviour; the introspection and apparent self-obsession of a sufferer and the uncertainly of what will greet them when they go home.

Today, we speak to Simon who lives with his wife's Post Natal depression; that means coping daily with her breakdowns and extreme anxiety over the children's health, but most poignantly, he's watched the woman he fell in love with become a shadow of her former self. Clare hears how he hangs in there and manages not to end up depressed himself in the face of such challenges, not to mention, quite simply, just how he continues to love someone when they are so emotionally withdrawn?

03Anne20140121

Schizophrenia affects about one in a 100 people each year; two thirds of those diagnosed will go on to have further episodes throughout their lives. Sadly, it's a condition that sets alarm bells ringing- the very word schizophrenia is a stigma. Perhaps that's partly down to how it's been reported in the media. So what must it be like then to be the parent of a son or daughter who suffers from this condition?

Anne's son was first diagnosed with Schizophrenic 14 years ago in his early 20's. His behaviour and personality can alter dramatically and he experiences delusions on a daily basis which his family have to deal with. Clare English explores the impact on family life when someone has such unpredictable and irrational behaviour and, quite simply, just how you continue to love someone when they are so difficult to be around and emotionally withdrawn?

04Karyn2014012820140202 (RS)

Mental illness affects 1 in 4 of us and statistics tell us that 2 people will take their own lives every day in Scotland alone. Imagine how many wives, mothers, fathers, daughters, grandparents, friends, and colleagues will be affected by that trauma- they're the ones trying to care for, love and support someone close to them who's in a desperate mental state.

Clare English looks at 'The Ripple effect' of mental illness and hears Kayrn's story; she has grown up in the shadow of her mother's bi-polar disorder; living daily with her mood swings; negotiating her unpredictable behaviour and constantly worrying about the possibility of another suicide attempt. Clare finds out how she faces these immense challenges without her own mental health suffering and also how she keeps on loving her mum when she gives nothing back emotionally.

05 LASTJacqueline2014020420140209 (RS)

Mental illness affects 1 in 4 of us and statistics tell us that each day in Scotland, alone, 2 people will take their own lives. Imagine how many wives, mothers, fathers, daughters, grandparents, friends, and colleagues will be affected by that trauma- these are the people who are trying to care for and love someone close to them who's in a desperate mental state.

Clare English explores 'The Ripple effect' of mental illness. In the final episode, in the final episode, we hear from Jacqueline who talks about the devastating impact of losing her partner to suicide.