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:
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.