Even though there has been a lot of talk about mental health, not everyone knows about it and how to deal with people who suffer from it. According to me, people with mental health conditions deserve compassion and support as much as people with physical health conditions.
To explain mental health to everyone would be difficult because it has no visible symptoms, no runny nose, no fever or rash, just a head full of thoughts running everywhere and longing for something that can be put into words. I will try my level best to explain how to communicate with people who have mental health conditions.
When you talk to someone who is dealing with problems, make sure you are not surrounded by people. Sometimes, a lot of people can be overwhelming.
Do not be judgmental
No matter what they tell you do not judge them. They are in that position not always because of their doing. Support them and be kind to them.
Do not pressure
If they don’t want to talk about what is bothering them do not put pressure on them. Give them their space and make sure they know you are always there for them.
Understand what they are saying to you, not just to reply but to get to know what is causing them pain and how to solve it. Try to be a little subtle with the response.
Don’t turn the news into gossip
The last thing they need is to deal with is someone who they poured their hearts out to break that trust for some mere entertainment.
Be there for them, ALWAYS!
No matter how many times they text you or call you to be there for them. They resort to you because they trust you, or maybe you have made some improvements in their life, or maybe you are the only person they have in their corner at that time.
What if you don’t know if they are going through something? No worries, I got you covered. Below, I am going to list out some of the ways that you can tell if someone is struggling.
- Being distant from people (Shutting everyone out)
- Giving up hope on everything
- Being too tired
- Skipping a meal or eating too much
- Constantly talking about death or suicide
- Not sleeping or sleeping too much
In general, if your friend is struggling with something, just make sure you get help for them or be the help. Be there for them, Even though you might think of it as a small favor, it might be a great deal of help to them. You actually might save someone from crashing completely.