First time posting in this forum. After 5 years of living with my husband and I, my 36 year old sz son moved into an apartment that he is sharing with another man who has a mental illness. Although we have longed for him to live independently, we have been experiencing a variety of mixed emotions. He has come a long way in five years and I hope that this will be a positive experience for him. My son receives a monthly shot of Ability and can supplement with pills, as needed, towards the end of the month. It seems like his roommate isolates in his room and doesn’t use the common spaces in the apartment, including the kitchen. I plan on making sure that my son keeps his mental health appointments and encouraging him in his recovery, but want to give him space to success without my prompting. I need to figure out how closely should I monitor and support him. Although I think he is capable of successfully living on his own, it feels like his recovery could be at risk. I must say, it’s nice to have him living elsewhere, for now.
Thank you to everyone who participates in this forum. I am not sure if I will be a regular contributor or not, but I definitely appreciate getting emails from this forum that remind me that I am not alone! Just knowing that this forum exists brings me comfort. Mental illness can be so isolating for everyone involved. Prayers of love, comfort and support to everyone in this community.