How to Support Someone Who Opens Up About Their Mental Health - Deepstash

When a person talks openly their mental health, they are already filled with self-doubt and self-judgement. In such a scenario, the least you can do is listen with an open mind and an open heart.

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Create a sense of reassurance, care and trust. Listen more, ask questions and avoid making any statements or shallow comments.

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Instead of making assumptions, try asking direct questions like "how can I support you?" or "what would be most helpful for you right now?" This will give direction to the conversation and make the person feel heard and cared for.

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Mental health needs to be normalised and if the person feels heard and seen, they will never hesitate in coming to you with their problems.

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A person has chosen and trusted you for sharing a piece of their lives with you, but it’s not who they are and it's not their identity. They have a few extra struggles that they’re finally being open about but they are the same person you knew before.

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