I'm new here and as I get older (I'm now 71) I find caring for J who has paranoid schizophrenia severely taxing in terms of exhaustion/illness (I have severe ME or Chronic Fatigue). J's illness is variable but now more controlled with medication. He lives 5 minutes away. I don't do any heavy work but am more his companion/soul mate and talk to him several times a day, sometimes just chat but often helping him with mental problems that come up. We meet 2-3 times a week for lunch or waiting for him while he goes shopping.
I'd love to chat with someone also caring for a mentally ill person. Many thanks for reading this!