What should you do if you are worried about the mental health of a friend or loved one?

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Seek immediate assistance if you think your friend or family member is in danger of harming themselves. You can call a crisis line or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you think your friend or family member is in need of community mental health services you can find help in your area.

How do you tell someone you’re worried about their mental health?

  1. Be a good listener.
  2. Explain your concerns.
  3. Be supportive and compassionate.
  4. Be gentle when suggesting treatment.
  5. Continue the conversation.
  6. Ask if your loved one has thought about suicide.
  7. Take comments about suicide or self-harm seriously.

What to do if you know someone is mentally ill?

Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services. Find a therapist.

How do you comfort someone with mental illness?

  1. 1) “I’m here for you.”
  2. 2) “You are not alone.”
  3. 3) “You are worthy and deserving.”
  4. 4) “You don’t have to apologize.”
  5. 5) “There is treatment available to you…”
  6. 6) “Let me know what you need.”

What are the 5 signs of mental illness?

  • Excessive paranoia, worry, or anxiety.
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability.
  • Extreme changes in moods.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping pattern.

How do you help someone who is struggling mentally?

Try to show patience and caring and try not to be judgmental of their thoughts and actions. Listen; don’t disregard or challenge the person’s feelings. Encourage them to talk with a mental health care provider or with their primary care provider if that would be more comfortable for them.

How do you comfort someone who is worried?

gently let them know that you think they might be having a panic attack and that you are there for them. encourage them to breathe slowly and deeply – it can help to do something structured or repetitive they can focus on, such as counting out loud, or asking them to watch while you gently raise your arm up and down.

How do you check a friend’s mental health?

Some basic guidelines are: Reiterate that you care; share your concern, but not judgment; do not diminish your friend’s problems; let them know your ideas for finding more help and support. Think about these “next step” questions: How can I help? I care about you.

How do I check in on someone?

  1. Make sure you’re prepared.
  2. Choose the right time and setting.
  3. Start the conversation in an open way.
  4. Be specific about what has made you feel concerned.
  5. Let them know that you are listening.
  6. Listen without judgement.
  7. Try to stay calm.
  8. Help them to figure out their next steps.

What are the 7 signs of a mental disorder?

  • Change in feelings or demeanor.
  • Loss of interest.
  • Change in sleeping habits.
  • Low energy.
  • Difficulty interacting.
  • Appetite or weight changes.
  • Uncontrollable emotions.

What does a mental breakdown look like?

feel overwhelmed — unable to concentrate or make decisions. be moody — feeling low or depression; feeling burnt out; emotional outbursts of uncontrollable anger, fear, helplessness or crying. feel depersonalised — not feeling like themselves or feeling detached from situations.

What to say to someone who is struggling emotionally?

  • Validate their emotions. Letting someone know that they are not alone and being open to what they want to share is an important step.
  • Just show up.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Keep things confidential.
  • Keep the door open.
  • Spend time with them.
  • Offer praise.
  • Offer practical help.

What can I say to support someone?

So to best support a friend or family member, you could say I’ll support you no matter what, or I’ll support you either way. I’ll support you, no matter what you decide. Phrase number eight isn’t my favorite one on the list, but it’s close. I’ve got your back.

How do I give emotional support?

Active listening give the other their undivided attention. allow them to say what they feel without judgement. ask questions to clarify or better understand their experiences. verbally summarize or reflect on what they have said.

When should you give up on a mentally ill person?

In some cases, the decision to leave is obvious. If physical abuse is present to any degree, and especially if the individual fears for their own life or well-being or that of their children, it’s important to leave as soon as possible. Safety is the number one priority.

What are 3 early warning signs of possible mental health problems?

  • Excessive worrying or fear.
  • Feeling excessively sad or low.
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning.
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria.

At what age does mental illness start?

Fifty percent of mental illness begins by age 14, and three-quarters begin by age 24.

What classifies a person as crazy?

People use the word “crazy” to mean silly, strange, or outlandish; they use the word as a modifier like “extremely” or “intensely”; they use it to mean irrational or unexplainable; and sometimes they use it to describe mental illness.

What to say to a friend who is struggling?

  • Your feelings aren’t too big for me.
  • You don’t have to show up any specific way for me.
  • You’re not weak or crazy or not normal.
  • I’m sorry you’re feeling this way. I’m here with you.
  • This is really big.

What to tell someone who’s worrying?

  • You haven’t seemed yourself lately – is everything OK? Don’t hesitate to talk to someone you are worried about.
  • Would you like to talk with me about what’s happened? I’m worried about you.
  • Just take your time, there is no rush.
  • How are you feeling about that?
  • Can I just check that I have understood you correctly?

How do you help a stressed friend through text?

“Hi, here’s your daily reminder that you’re amazing!” This simple text is another way to show gentle support. “You don’t want to add to their stress by bombarding them,” Irwin says, “but one text here and there can be helpful.” Especially if it’s a cute reminder that they’re the best.

How do you comfort a friend over text?

  1. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you, praying for you, and grieving with you.
  2. I’m here if you ever need to talk.
  3. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
  4. Can I bring you anything?
  5. I’m sorry for your loss.
  6. Just wanted to share my favorite photo of [name] with you.

What to say if you want to check on someone?

  1. I wanted to see how everything is going.
  2. This made me think of you.
  3. Let’s catch up soon.
  4. I wanted to see how I could help.
  5. I would love to talk about the project you’re working on.
  6. Take as much time as you need.
  7. I’ve been missing you and wanted to say hi.

How do you text someone to check them?

  1. “I know you said you’re not ready to talk.
  2. “Hey, I’m stopping by the grocery store, let me know if you need anything”
  3. “Wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you!”
  4. “Hi, I saw this and immediately thought of you 🙂
  5. “Get ready, we’re going for a walk.”
  6. “Omg.

When should you check on a friend?

It’s just saying, in a very general way, check in with your people. My own rule of thumb is: If someone has crossed my mind and we haven’t interacted in some way very recently, I should check in with them to let them know I’m thinking of them.

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