According to the annual poll run by the American Psychology Association (APA), Americans are more and more concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. It’s hard to ignore the ever-present news headlines that can add external stressors to a person’s mental health. In this current climate and society, mental health conditions continue to remain prevalent.
It’s not always easy to spot the signs of someone going through a difficult time. It’s important to remember that how a person presents themselves to the outside world may not always be what’s happening internally. In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to provide you with helpful information if you suspect your loved one is struggling. Below are a few ways you can help them through a mental health crisis.
One of the most important aspects of helping someone who is struggling with a mental health condition is doing some personal research.
See what resources may be available out there for their specific needs—from free podcasts to support groups, gathering helpful resources can be one way to help support your loved one. This way, they don’t have to do all the heavy lifting of researching on their own.
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2. Active listening
As someone who cares about their loved one, it can be easy to overstep and give advice. Sometimes, though, listening without judgment is exactly what a person needs during a mental health crisis.
Encourage them to share how they’re feeling and allow them to feel safe and comfortable as they share. You can do this by creating a relaxed environment and paying close attention to what they are telling you.
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Validate your loved one’s feelings by letting them know that you understand what they’re going through. Remind them that you are there to support them even if you can’t make their experience all better.
If you’ve gone through similar experiences, sometimes sharing those can show that you empathize and understand their feelings.
Some phrases that are helpful to have on hand include, “It’s okay to not be okay” and “You don’t have to