Times are tough and things can get out of hand if we don’t pay attention to what is happening around us, or more so, how the people around us are doing.
Sometimes led by a force of unfortunate events, other times rooting from an unresolved childhood trauma or even without any known source. Mental health issues are like a plague across the United States with one in every five people suffering from it to some degree.
When it comes to our loved ones, it becomes our unspoken responsibility to help them out of their tough times. But we might fall short on how to do it. Very often you’ll hear people say the most atrocious things like ‘you should smile more’ to people suffering from depression. They might be trying to help, but we all know how that goes. So here are some do’s and don’ts to follow when you’re trying to help a loved one who’s in need of mental support.
Recognizing The Signs
You won’t know they need help otherwise. But it’s not that simple.
Every person is different and so the way they react in different situations or with different triggers varies. So it might take you some time to realize that your loved one is suffering.
But if you begin to notice drastic changes in the mood, their appetite changes, they begin to withdraw from social interactions or start lagging behind in their daily life; it’s a possibility that they are suffering.
You know your loved ones the best. When you notice changes in their behavior, don’t just sit around, talk to them.
Talk to Them
No, don’t give them a therapy session. But approach the topic. Start conversations that tell you more about what they are feeling or going through. To lighten the mood, take some delta 8 gummies, wind down and get talking.
Don’t ask too many questions and give them time to answer. It shouldn’t feel like a therapy session or an interrogation, just a conversation between friends/ family members.
Prefer using ‘I’ pronouns and express your concern rather than using ‘you’ pronouns and making them overtly aware of their symptoms.
Make sure they are heard and don’t feel challenged while sharing their side of the story. Be open to what they want to discuss and don’t let your judgement through.
This is where you should convince them to talk to a therapist or a mental health care provider.
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Learn About Mental Health
Your loved one might get professional help, but they need to be supported by their own group of people too. To create a supportive environment, physically and emotionally, you should start by learning more about mental health issues.
Help Them Out With Potential Barriers
If your loved one is hesitant towards professional help, you must try to get rid of their apprehensions. If they don’t have someone to take care of their child when they’re off to therapy, volunteer. Help them work around the work and therapy schedules and manage their finances.
The preparation for their recovery should not be the source of their anxiety.
If you find out that your loved one is suicidal, you must convince them to contact a GP or NHS 111. If they are unable to do so, or refuse, you must do it for them. In cases like these, you shouldn’t give advice or suggestions to them, as you aren’t trained to handle such situations. Instead, connect with a professional and get them help.
Support Your Mental Wellbeing
As someone taking care of a person suffering from mental ailment, you too can be put in a position of turmoil. Very often, while taking care of a sick family member, we are left agitated and anxious, without anyone to talk to. Make sure that while you support someone’s mental health, it doesn’t cost you your own.
You can always find therapists who are ready to hear your problems without showing any judgement. Support groups for family members can be a great place for you to unfurl your worries and meet people with similar experience.
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