How To Help People In Your Life With Mental Health Problems

How To Help People In Your Life With Mental Health Problems

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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46 thoughts on “How To Help People In Your Life With Mental Health Problems

  1. Keep up the good work Pooja. I also think Meditation could be a great tool to manage mental health issues. Many times people don’t know what it is or how to do it. So, people around them could suggest giving it a try.

    1. Thank you! Yeah meditation is great but not everyone knows how to do it I feel like people think of it as the cliche sitting and not thinking meditation but that’s not it at all!

  2. Excelent Post, I’ve worked with several students with mental health problems, and in my experience everything you wrote is not just true but helpful too, thankyou.

  3. Very good advice. I know from personal experience. I had quite a situation right after my mom died. I am okay now. I just make sure I take care to get enough sleep, proper food, exercise and rest. I take care of myself so then I am able to take care of others.☺🕉

  4. Great article! Everything on that list is accurate. I’ve been through some rough patches in life, and having someone just be there, meant so much. And having someone try to solve my problems always got on my nerves. I just needed someone to listen to me vent!

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I also have a blog about mental health but I’m also a young mom of 2 so I’m trying to include those topics as well. I really love this post, would love if you could check out my blog. I am new to this but I am starting to open up and get more comfortable. Again, thank you for sharing this post!

  6. You have a lot of good suggestions in this article! Every so often I suffer from extreme sadness and anxiety; So I agree to most of the suggestions you gave. I have found some practical to calm down from my anxiety. May I share some with you?

  7. Well, one wise man said: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
    But a good word cheers it up.” I took this phrase as I don’t need to isolate myself. But instead I need be with people that would speak good words. What do you think it means?

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