Empathize with the person.
Express your concern with “I think” and “I feel” statements to prevent making them feel misunderstood or attacked.
Remove the stigma from the issues so they feel comfortable talking about it.
Show support and willingness to listen.
Encourage them to ask for help and treatment.
Remind them of their value beyond their suffering.
Don’t try to offer “obvious” solutions.
Don’t invalidate their pain by telling them it could be worse.
Remind them that they’re not alone and that they have a future that isn’t so plagued by suffering.
Talk openly about mental health to normalize it.
Educate yourself and others to prevent misconceptions about mental health.
Be conscious of language, don’t use mental illness as an adjective.
Encourage equality between physical and mental illness.
Show compassion for those who suffer from mental illness.
Choose to empower through mental health, rather than shaming it.
Be honest about treatment and work to normalize therapy and psychologist visits.
Let the media know when they are stigmatizing and misrepresenting mental health/ illness.
Don’t hold internalized stigma. Mental health struggles are just as real and valid as physical struggles.
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