I wanted to start a thread about tips for helping family members suffering from mental illness and other struggles. My dad is officially moving up this weekend. We (with the help of my Aunt) bought him a house. Original plan was to put him in one of our apartments, but it required kicking out a really good tenant at the end of his lease, my dad living on our couch for up to 3 months, and the apartment that my dad would be moving into is a tiny basement studio requiring him to give up almost all of his stuff. The house needs work, but my dad used to enjoy that kind of stuff and he did express interest in the idea of being able to work toward something (making this little house a home). It also of course offers my dad much more space, more windows, even a little yard to get outside. Here is where I need help. Obviously just buying a house and then handing my dad a paintbrush isn't all the therapy he needs. Whether in our apartment or in this house he would have had to pay, none of us are able to financially support him fully. So no matter what, he has to re-enter the workforce. I can tell this is going to be a REALLY hard transition for him. I am trying to help him rebuild his life. His depression is definitely hurting him in many ways. I know depression isn't a "just change your attitude and you'll feel better!!!" But I still think there are lots of ways we can help him AND he can help himself. He has to - there isn't an alternative, he has to find a way to live.