How To Help People In Your Life With Mental Health Problems
Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. Today, I am sharing how to help people in your life with mental health problems.
Just be there
Sometimes you just need someone to be there for you. Even though you may not understand what they are going through and even though you may not be able to do much to do to help it makes a huge difference just to be there for the person. Try to check up on them once in a while, invite them to things even if they decline and help them feel like they are a part of something.
Don’t try to solve their problems
Even though you are concerned about the person don’t try to tell them what to do, that their problems aren’t real or how to solve their problems. You are not in their shoes and a lot of times people telling you what to do can make the person feel even more attacked or cornered which is not something you want them to feel. Rather try to make suggestions or just be there for them to lean on.
Don’t give up on them
Even though it seems like you aren’t able to help and want to give up on them please don’t. It’s important to have someone who is there for you and there when you need them.
Don’t force them into things
A lot of times going out and doing things are not on the top of people who suffer from mental illnesses to-do list so don’t force them into situations they would be uncomfortable in. It’s okay to invite them but don’t be too insistent on things and let them decide what they want to do. This also goes for seeking help- don’t force them into it
Help them seek help
Don’t force them to get help and make them feel pressured but if you feel like this person is in a bad situation and needs help try to encourage them lovingly to seek help. There are multiple option including but not limited to therapists. If you are in a relationship with someone having mental health problems you can try out couples counselling online or in person.
I hope this post helped you better understand how to help people in your life with mental health problems. If it did, do let me know in the comments section below. And let me know some ways through which you help people in your life with mental health problems.
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