Supporting a loved one with mental health issues can be challenging, but there are many ways you can be there for them. Here are some tips:
- Educate yourself: Learn about your loved one’s mental health issue so you can better understand their experiences and needs. This may involve reading books, attending support groups, or talking to mental health professionals.
- Listen without judgment: When your loved one talks to you about their mental health, listen without judgment or criticism. Let them know that you are there for them and that their feelings are valid.
- Offer practical support: Help your loved one with practical tasks, such as grocery shopping or transportation to appointments. This can be especially helpful if they are experiencing symptoms that make these tasks difficult.
- Check in regularly: Whether in person or by phone, routinely check on your loved one to see how they are doing. This can help them feel supported and connected.
- Encourage professional support: Help your loved one seek professional support if they haven’t already. Offer to help them find a therapist or doctor if needed.
- Take care of yourself: Supporting a loved one with mental health issues can be emotionally taxing. Make sure you are taking care of yourself and seeking support when needed.
- Be patient and understanding: Addressing mental health challenges can be a long and difficult process, and some people experience chronic mental health issues. Be patient with your loved one and try to be understanding of their experiences.
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and support for yourself as well. For confidential and personalized support, reach out to Your Assistance Program. Learn more about resources available at our member support page.