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Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma around mental health and people that suffer from mental illnesses. There is a lot of lack of proper information when it comes to mental health as well as a lot of misinformation. This makes it very difficult for not only those suffering from mental health problems but those that have people in their lives that suffer from mental health problems. Here are some ways to help people in your life that is suffering from mental health problems
Just be there– Sometimes just being there for them can have a huge impact on someone’s life. Try to listen to them when they want to talk or help them with the little things that they feel like they may not be able to do on their own. It may not be possible to be there for them all the time but just do your best to show them that you care and are ready to lend a helping hand if they ever need it. Having someone there to support you and listen to what you have to say is a really great feeling and it can really make a big difference.
Try not to be judgemental– when someone with a mental health problem comes to you looking for some support try to be open minded. You may not understand exactly what they’re going through or how they feel but that does not mean that their feelings are not legitimate. Often time’s people with mental health problems will experience things that other people may not understand and feeling judged for that can be very difficult for them. So try to listen to what they saying and put yourself in their shoes instead of making them feel like there is something wrong with them for being the way they are.
Be positive and supportive– when you are suffering from a mental health problem you already feel pretty negative and the last thing you want/need is to be around people who make you feel even more negative. Try to surround them with a more positive energy- remind them about the good things in life.
Encourage them to seek professional help– sometimes being there for them and trying your best may not be enough. Of course it’s definitely not your fault. However, you can still help them by encouraging them to seek help from a professional. They may benefit more from talking to someone who is trained to help people with mental health problems and it can literally be lifesaving in some cases. Sometimes people suffering from mental health problems may not even realise that there’s a problem as they may be high functioning but people around them may see the signs. If you see signs that someone needs professional help be sure to encourage them to seek help.
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