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:
- Mental Health Issues 101
- Self-Harm Manifestations
- What To Do When You Are Feeling Low
- Getting Out Of A Panic Attack
- Addressing The Core Problem
- What Goes In A Care Package
When a loved one goes through depression or other mental health issues, a lot of the people around them are clueless on how to handle the situations or how to comfort them to reduce their suffering. Here are a few ways that have helped us in the past.
- First and foremost – Listen. A person opening up about their problems is a huge sign of trust. It might make you uncomfortable, but do not let it show as it might prevent them from opening up in the future.
- While presented with a problem, a human’s first instinct is to provide a solution. But, refrain from giving advice. A person in pain is not looking for solutions but rather a person to listen to.
- A person undergoing depression is loaded with feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Help in making them feel valid. Tell them that you understand the gravity of the problem and their pain.
- If they are under medication, remind them to take their meds.
- Go for a walk with them, silent or filled with non-important chatter.
- Just hold them while they cry.
- If they do not go to a doctor, convince them to get an appointment.
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.