This post is actually an invitation for you to check out two other posts I have written recently, both on the subject of caregiving for a loved one with mental illness.
The first article is called "Be the Village" and it's posted on International Bipolar Foundation's website.
LINK: International Bipolar Foundation post "Be the Village"
The second is an article for Amy White's blog called "Far From Paradise."
LINK: Far From Paradise post "No More Excuses"