It can be difficult to know what to do when someone is struggling with their mental health (Mind, 2018). However, many people will talk to their loved ones before speaking to a mental health professional, so your support can make a big difference. There are a number of different things that you can do to support someone with a mental health problem, even if you don’t have special mental health training. Things such as reaching out and letting them know you’re there to help, learning and sharing facts about mental health, treating people with respect, and avoiding the use of labels (e.g., “crazy”) can make a positive difference (MentalHealth.gov, 2018). Emotional support you could offer include listening, offering reassurance, and staying patient and calm (Mind, 2018). There may also be practical things you can help with such as looking up helpful information, helping to organise paperwork (e.g., notes, appointment records), and attending appointments with them. Above all, please make sure you also look after yourself when supporting someone by taking a break when you need it, sharing your caring role if you can, setting boundaries, and talking to someone you can trust. For further information about how to support people with mental health problems and how to support someone who is in a crisis, please visit the Mind and Mental Health Foundation website.
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