Helping others get help (and knowing what to say) for mental health concerns

How to help others get help

  • Show your support
  • Listen
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Ask if your friend/family member is getting the treatment that he/she wants and needs
  • Reassure your friend/family member that you still care about them
  • Support your friend/family member’s health behaviors
  • Take care of your self
  • Talk about mental health
  • Know how to connect people to help
  • Communicate in a straightforward manner
  • Discuss the topic when and where the person feels safe and comfortable
  • Educate others about mental health to reduce the stigma

Things to say

  • I know you have a real illness and that’s what causes these thoughts and feelings
  • I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel but I care about you and want to help
  • You are important to me. Your life is important to me
  • You might not believe it now, but the way you are feeling now will change
  • You are not alone in this. I’m here for you.
  • Talk to me. I’m listening.

Things not to say

  • It’s all in your head
  • We all go through times like this
  • You have so much to live for, why do you want to die?
  • Just snap out of it. Look on the bright side
  • You will be fine stop worrying
  • Here’s my advice…..

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