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How to Help Someone with a Mental Illness

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During the last decade, society has gained a lot of awareness about mental health. People are becoming more understanding and aware of mental illnesses.

We all go through hard times, and people help us. Other times we are the ones worried about the mental health of our loved ones. Whether it’s friends, family, or colleagues, there are many ways to support those you care about.

How to notice that someone has a mental health problem
Sometimes it seems obvious when someone is having a hard time, but there is no easy way to know if they have mental health issues. Sometimes you don’t need to be 100 percent sure. Being sensitive to people with problems is more important than finding out if they have a diagnosis.
Although some symptoms are specific to certain mental illnesses, people behave differently when physically unwell. You may notice changes in their behavior or mood if you know the person well.

Tips to help someone with a mental illness

Here are some things that you should do when someone is struggling with a mental health issue.

1. Show emotional support

You can play a vital role in helping people who feel bad feel less alone and ashamed. They should not be responsible for their illness but may feel that way. This will keep the person with a mental illness motivated and better.

2. Talk with them

One of the hardest but most important steps is to start a conversation with someone you care about. You don’t have to be an expert. You don’t need to be an expert who knows everything.

Start by expressing your concerns and willingness to listen and be there for the other person. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Reassure them that you care and are there for them.
Use statements emphasizing personal concern. For example, try

  “I’m worried about you…”
  “I want you to consider talking to a counselor…”

Be careful and try not to make any negative statements. Blaming a person with a mental illness is the worst thing you can do.

  Try to show patience and care
  Avoid judging their expressed thoughts and actions
  Listen

Please encourage them to talk to their psychiatric family doctor or primary care doctor, whichever is the best place to start. For some people, it may be helpful to compare the condition with general health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

  Remind them that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but strength

 

3. Recommend therapy

Offer to help make the first doctor’s appointment, try to find out what the issue is, and accompany the person to the doctor’s appointment – these initial steps can be difficult. If you are accompanying this person, please write any notes or questions in advance so you can answer their queries.

 

4. Understanding the importance of your help

You may worry that you don’t know how to best help or that you’ll make things worse by saying the wrong thing. But the little things we say or do can make a necessary difference in someone’s life. Letting them know you’re watching their games can be a big help.
People may be afraid to let others know they can’t handle it, but merely connecting with someone is a relief. Starting a conversation can be difficult, and it’s normal to feel uneasy when someone you care about is struggling. But it helps keep them calm and reassure them that they don’t have to do it alone. You can also spend time with them in other ways, such as cooking for them, going for a walk, or watching a movie together.
Chatting can feel more natural if you do something together first. Fear often prevents us from talking openly about our mental health issues. By learning more about mental health issues and their prevalence, we can break down these barriers and speak more openly.

 

5. Helping with the treatment process

If you spend a lot of time with someone you care about, you can remind them to take their medications. You can also help by telling your doctor if the patient isn’t taking medicine regularly. You can also remind your loved one to complete a counseling task, use light therapy every morning, or remind your loved one to make an appointment or save a therapy appointment.
If you discover that your loved one is having a problem with their medication, you can encourage them to talk to their doctor. They can suggest ways to make it easier to take medicine if you have other concerns about the medication, such as side effects. You should encourage your loved one to discuss their concerns with their doctor.

 

6. Stay calm through the process

Although it can be sad to hear that a loved one is in pain, try to stay calm and collected. This will help your loved ones feel comfortable and show them they can talk to you openly without interrupting. You may want to know more details about their thoughts and feelings, or you may want them to get help immediately. But it’s important to let them set their own pace when seeking support.

 

Conclusion

Helping someone with a mental illness is important. If your loved one is going through a phase, you should be there for them. Try to offer your maximum support and comfort. You should also talk to their medical health expert and find out how you can be more helpful.