Mental Health

What NOT To Do When Someone Needs Help

Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in the post and the series are based on personal experience and knowledge gained from freely available articles.

Previously in the series:

  1. Mental Health Issues 101
  2. Self-Harm Manifestations
  3. What To Do When You Are Feeling Low
  4. Getting Out Of A Panic Attack
  5. Addressing The Core Problem
  6. What Goes In A Care Package
  7. How to help someone in need

In the last post, we talked about how to help a loved one when they need it and this week we talk about all the things you should NOT do when someone is brave enough to approach you for help.

What NOT To Do

  1. Do not say
    • This happens, you need to get out more and meet more people
    • Give it time, you will get out of it.
    • Do not take medication, instead pray, meditate and try to get out of it naturally.
    • We all have felt this way sometime or another. We got out of it.
    • That is not a big problem, you should hear what I am going through.
  2. Do not leave them alone for long periods of time, especially when they are already feeling low.
  3. Do not force them to go outside and mingle in large groups of people. Instead, take them to places where they feel comfortable and safe.
  4. Do not make them feel belittled or their problems invalid.


While it may take time getting used to being the go-to person and the caretaker, it is absolutely rewarding to see a loved one getting better. So, next time someone is brave enough to ask for help, be brave yourself and help them.

Until later,


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