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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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.
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.
Create a sense of reassurance, care and trust. Listen more, ask questions and avoid making any statements or shallow comments.
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.
If you are worried about someone it can be difficult to know what to do. When you are aware there is an issue, it is important not to wait. Waiting and hoping they will come to you for help might lose valuable time in getting them support.
Talking to someone is often the first step to take when you know they are going through a hard time. This way you can find out what is troubling them and what you can do to help.
Mental health is a topic that affects all of us in different ways. You don’t need to be suffering from the symptoms of a mental illness before you show concern for yours. The stigma surrounding mental health awareness has to be completely eradicated for us to move forward as healthy individuals all around.
This metaphor means seeing your mental health as a wallet: money comes in, money comes out. How much money is in there is how many adverse events you can go through while sustaining your mental health.
We usually only worry about our mental health during distressing events, and don't take into consideration the many daily events that empty our mental health wallet, often without us realizing it.
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