By reaching out, speaking up and starting a conversation, you can make all the difference in improving the mental health of a friend or loved one.
Listen to them. Facing mental health challenges can be a very lonely and isolating experience. Offer your support. Often friends and family members are unsure of how to help, and may feel like they are intruding or being disrespectful. Ignoring the situation or pretending everything is alright is not the answer and can lead to tragic consequences. Don’t wait. Your support, understanding, and respect is vital!
Remember, help is available and accessible. Read up to learn more about mental illness, and further explore the resources here on this Web site. Or, call the hotline at (888) 724-7240 for additional support, including referrals to medical professionals who can begin the diagnosis and treatment process.
Step up by following these simple steps:
Read up on signs and symptoms.
Speak up and talk openly about what he/she is experiencing.
Listen up and really hear what he/she is saying and feeling.
Link up with local resources. Offer to get help together.
Follow up and offer continued support.
Just one person reaching out can make a difference. It’s Up to Us.