You don’t have to be a psychologist to be a good friend to someone who is struggling with their mental health – bit of understanding, compassion, and education is all you need.
Mary Magalotti offers her advice for helping someone you love:
Mary Magalotti’s Advice
Listen without judgement: It can be really tough to talk about mental health, so make sure not to dismiss your loved one’s struggles or second-guess their feelings. Demonstrate understanding by empathising with their challenges without comparing them to your own.
Offer practical support: Mental health challenges can make even the simplest daily tasks really tough. Try offering support in the form of homecooked meals, childcare, or other practical help you think your loved one might need.
Encourage them to reach out: Although a good support network is crucial for healing, the help of a professional is the best indicator for recovery. Gently encourage your friend to chat to their doctor or a psychologist and offer to accompany them to the appointment if you think that might help.
Seek Support with Life Resolutions Today
If you or someone you love is going through a tough time right now, Mary Magalotti and the Life Resolutions team want you to know that support is available. If you’d like to chat to one of our friendly psychologists, contact us today online or over the phone.