go through this alone. We are here for you, we love you, and we will make sure you get the help you need.”
4. Offer help
The word “help” doesn’t necessarily have to be based on their mental health.
You could offer to assist them with everyday routines like cooking or cleaning. Doing these simple tasks can have a lasting impact on someone who may be struggling to take care of their needs.
5. Encourage seeking professional support
Recommend potential care services to your loved one. Perhaps a friend or family member knows of a good psychologist or doctor who they could consult with. Assist with setting up their initial appointments and remind them that doing so is a healthy step forward.
6. Keep in touch
Stay connected with your loved one by sending a text, giving them a call, or visiting them if they live close by. You don’t have to overwhelm them 24/7, but simply checking in regularly shows that you are there for them.
7. Don’t forget to take care of your own mental health
Supporting your loved one through their mental health crisis can be draining, so it’s important to prioritize your own self-care.
Set boundaries with them as needed—such as you can only help them out X number of days or respond at a certain time of the day. Make sure to take time for yourself, get enough sleep, eat well, and seek support if you need it.