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26
Jun
2021

How to support a friend or family member who’s struggling with their mental health

How to support a friend or family member who’s struggling with their mental health-By Sahaj Kaur Kohli

-DO listen and validate-Be curious about what your friend is struggling with and how it’s impacting them.

-DO ask what they need from you-Instead of making assumptions about what would be helpful to your loved one, ask them directly: “How can I support you?”

-DO offer to help with everyday tasks

-DO celebrate their wins, including the small ones

-DO check in with them regularly

-DON’T compare their experience to others-Everyone experiences their mental health struggles and mental health illnesses differently.

-DON’T use stigmatizing language

-DON’T take their behavior personally

-DON’T be confrontational or try to control the situation

-DON’T get discouraged

-DON’T burn yourself out trying to support your loved one

-DON’T try to fix them

-DON’T avoid the feelings that come up for you

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