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What happens to the rest of the family when someone has an addiction or mental health crisis?

Families who support and care for someone they love during a challenging time are at the heart of this podcast series. These people’s stories often go unheard. People who look after a close relative who is an addict or experiences long-term mental illness tell us their stories.

The emotional fallout for these families can be devastating, time-consuming, financially-draining and long-term. For some, it’s also a taboo subject within their community and carries with it a terrible social stigma.

A Just Radio production for Audible Originals.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now.

A note from Philippa:

"If you have been affected by any of the stories you've been listening to on my podcasts then here are some NGOs, charities and other organisations, which I hope will help you and your family. Some of them are international, with links and branches all over the world, others are based mainly in the UK where this series was recorded. Please search online for further resources where you are in the world.

All the people who agreed to talk to me for this series did so because they wanted to offer hope to others in similar situations and a way forward; they wanted to break down the walls of silence, shame and loneliness that carers all over the world face looking after members of their family facing addiction and mental health crises.

If you are a carer then I hope you will find help and a degree of comfort in listening to others recounting their own stories and personal difficulties, and realise that you are not alone."

- Philippa Perry

  • Adfam – improving lives for families affected by drugs and alcohol: adfam.org.uk/
  • Al Anon – help and support for family and friends of alcoholics: al-anon.org/
  • Beat – giving advice and support to families coping with Anorexia: beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
  • Bipolar UK – the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers: bipolaruk.org/
  • Carers Trust – a charity for, with and about living with the challenges of caring for a family member or friend: carers.org/
  • Carers UK – giving advice, support and information to carers: carersuk.org/
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – a resource for those living with mood disorders and their families in the US: dbsalliance.org/
  • Find a Balance – dedicated to working with BAME community in London giving help and practical support with mental health issues: findabalance.org/
  • Living with Schizophrenia – information and support for those living with schizophrenia and those who care for them: livingwithschizophreniauk.org/
  • Mental Health Foundation – working with those affected by mental health illness and their families: mentalhealth.org.uk/
  • Mind – the mental health charity: mind.org.uk/
  • Nar-Anon – support for families and friends of drug addicts: nar-anon.org/
  • OCD Action – the UK’s largest charity helping those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and their families: ocdaction.org.uk/
  • Rethink – a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness and their carers: rethink.org/
  • Sane – a charity which supports those with mental illness and those caring for them: sane.org.uk/
  • We are with you – support for those experiencing problems with mental health, drugs or alcohol and their families in England and Scotland: wearewithyou.org.uk/
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  • Mr. B. Joshi
  • 21-10-20

Real life

Phillipa’s podcasts are real life situations that affect you to your core as you listen to the true stories of everyday life.
Some of it made me cry but in many of these they are real and hearing what people go through will have you gripped to the end.
Can we have some more please?

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  • ss
  • 11-11-20

Thought provoking

A really thought provoking piece of work. I appreciated the pace and the brief pauses which meant it was not unbearably intense.
Phillippa’s style was calm and she was very clear, the focus was on the families but very well steered by her. She is obviously very knowledgeable but didn’t “ram it down your throat” or overpower with theories
I thought a brilliant insight into what some families are going through.

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  • Cherry Reynard
  • 20-03-21

Loved it

Tragic stories told with warmth and courage. Shows amazing resilience of the human spirit. Beautifully, sensitively hosted by Philippa Perry.

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  • NembhardL
  • 23-01-21

one of the best listens on here

It reminds me how fragile and how important it is to take care of your mental health. I am grateful that this was was put together and I hope it helps others. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-21

Phillipa's opinion on family crises

Was expecting a series of cases analysing evidence and trends inter mixed with personal experiences to illustrate the data and professional expertise. Instead each episode focuses on a single family with apparent narrative conclusions/value judgements being made on these anecdotes based on personal opinions without any evidence or data.
Pseudoscience powered by emotional content and a slow authoritative narration voice. Whilst interesting interviews, the description and narration should match the content better and I think it can give a misleading impression that this is an evidence based examination of these terrible situations rather than Philippa Perry's opinion dressed up as fact.

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  • Claire
  • 27-11-20

One of the Best

This is one of the best psychological discussions about these topics. Open caring and some great questions to truly understand the subject details.
Loving every moment

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  • lottie
  • 28-03-21

Total Admiration

All the episodes are excellent.
In the real world every family has their ghosts, secrets and traumas.
If life is going well for you then be grateful but in listening to these episodes it is clear that it is the dreadful times that really illustrate our capacity to love.
The greatest gift these participants have given their family member, is to recognise that they need help, to stand with them and never give up.
I am a parent of grown children and could identify with many of the emotions.

Two episodes really took my breath away - in episode 5 on OCD, the two adult daughters were such outstanding women.
I do hope they will both always prioritise their own well-being.

Episode 7 was also so awe-inspiring. The parents are aware of a challenging road ahead but they really have already made a life changing difference to their son’s outcome already. They have rescued him and they will continue to do so.

Educational listening and l thank all the participants.


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  • Padmacandra
  • 16-03-21

moving and insightful

Am left with a sense of inspiration at the courage, honesty, endurance and basic goodness of the people - tested to the limits - who tell their stories. Philippa Perry frames it all with great sensitivity. I felt in safe hands, and in the presence of true heroes.

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  • 22-01-21

Very thoughtful

So interesting, a side of the story that is rarely heard. Very empathetic interviews and really honest people.

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  • Tricia Cottrell
  • 19-12-20

Families in Crisis

I found this both interesting and informative. I felt quite emotional at times, listening to the different families struggles. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-21

An intimate insight into crisis within the family

I love this podcast...it's real, it's thought provoking and uplifting, we don't know how we will cope with life changing situations until we're living them...10/10