Mental Health

How To Help Someone In Need

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

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If they are under medication, remind them to take their meds.
  5. Go for a walk with them, silent or filled with non-important chatter.
  6. Just hold them while they cry.
  7. 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.

Until later,

Vani

 

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