Mental illness. Start the conversation.
Makeitok.org is changing the hearts and minds about the misconceptions of mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education on the topic.
Let’s pretend someone just told you they’re strug-gling with a mental illness. What do you say? Here are a few suggestions:
“Thanks for opening up to me.”
“Is there anything I can do to help?”
“How can I help?”
“Thanks for sharing.”
“I’m sorry to hear that. It must be tough.”
“I’m here for you when you need me.”
“I can’t imagine what you’re going through.”
“People do get better.”
“Can I drive you to an appointment?”
“How are you feeling today?”
“I love you.”
Tips for Talking
Stop the silence
If someone discloses that they have a mental illness, they are opening up to you in a big way. Ask questions, show concern, but keep the awkward silence at bay.
It sounds simple enough, but try to say the right things with openness, warmth and caring.
The fact that you are there can make a world of difference, so in your conversation, try to err more on the side of listening.
Keep in contact
Offer availability by phone, text, email, or time to meet up. Just be there.
Don’t ignore it.
Don’t be afraid to ask about the well-being of another if you think they might be hurting. Trust your senses.
Everyone is different. They may want very specific help or no help at all. Either way, you can always ask and be open to the answer.
Keep the conversation moving
It’s ok to talk about other things to keep silent lulls out of conversation; as long as they know you’re completely open to revisiting the topic later.
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