How to Support Someone Who Opens Up About Their Mental Health
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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.
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.
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