Tips In Handling The Mental Health Problems Of Another 

Nowadays, many people have experienced severe mental health problems that prevent them from moving forward with their lives. According to clinical psychologist Simon Pestell, “One in four people will suffer a mental health condition in their lifetime.” These individuals get stuck because they refuse to get help. Unfortunately, seeking the assistance and advice of a therapist or psychiatrist is still considered as a taboo in society. Many individuals avoid professional help because of their fear of being judged by others.


If you know a person who is mentally ill, be sure to reach out to that person. Do not make the situation more awkward by avoiding this person. In this article, allow us to share some practical ways on how you can deal with a person who has a mental health problem. Here are the things to remember:

Educate Yourself

Never make any comment about the mental health problem if you are not sure about its signs and symptoms. Be careful about what you are going to say to the other person, especially if you do not have a comprehensive understanding of what the illness is all about. “Careful use of language can help to reduce some discomfort surrounding mental health care,” said Monnica T Williams Ph.D. The first thing to consider is to educate yourself about the said issue. Read about the mental illness so that you will understand why the other person acts or talks that way. Use reliable resources when researching it.

Understand The Situation


Always remember that a mental health issue can affect the way a person treats you. For example, an individual who has a severe depressive disorder can be difficult to deal with. This person may appear too negative in your life, to the point that you would want to push him away. Instead of becoming hostile towards that person, the right thing to do is to be more understanding about the situation.

Listen To What He Has To Say

Give the other person a chance to open up to you. Let this individual know that you are more than willing to listen to all his stories. As much as possible, make him feel that your conversations with each other matter to you. It will give a sense of accomplishment knowing that someone like you has given him a time or opportunity to express what he feels and thinks. You can start by inviting this person to a coffee shop or a restaurant. Start the topic and let him lead the conversation. Stop making unnecessary comments. Most importantly, be sure to think first before opening your mouth.

Find A Therapist For Him


If you believe that the mental health issue of the person involved has become dangerous not only for himself but for others, the right thing to do is to help him seek for professional help. According to psychologist Deborah Serani, PsyD, “Misinformation about mental illness shames and discriminates those suffering with depression from getting professional help.” Find the right therapist or psychiatrist who can help this individual during the treatment or recovery process. Ask for some referrals or recommendations from your friends. However, do not forget to get the express consent of the mentally ill person before booking for an appointment.

Make it your calling to spread mental health awareness. Change the lives of people by helping them survive the mental illness.

Author: Marie Miguel

Professional Experience Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.