- Reassure them that you are always there to listen
When an individual first speaks out and looks for support from others, it is important to reassure them that you are there to support them and listen whenever they need it. Assuring them that they are not in this alone is very important!
- Offer practical help
When an individual is struggling, offering practical help is important! Offering to do the weekly food shop or offering to come along with them to counselling sessions for example can help ease the pain they are feeling.
- Ask how you can help them
When an individual is struggling, they often know what is best for them in helping ease the pain. Helping them in ways that will benefit them will be a great way of offering support to them.
- Help take their mind off negative thoughts
When someone is struggling with their mental health, the worst thing for them to do is to sit there and dwell. Support them by speaking about other things or by taking them out to do something that they enjoy such as a visit to the cinema, a visit to the beach, etc.
- Do not force them to seek help
It is important that when someone is struggling, to advise them to seek help and guidance from a professional however do not force them! By forcing them, this can cause emotional distress and pressure which will not help in easing the feelings they are experiencing,
- Take care of yourself
If can be upsetting to hear of the struggles that someone may be having with their mental health. Remember to take time for yourself to relax and take care of your own mental health at the same time!
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