HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE STRUGGLING
It is extremely hard to understand mental health when you haven't been through it yourself, when someone is in a low/dark place, everything said to them can be taken the wrong way, or can make them feel uncomfortable, even simply saying 'you'll be ok' can be really hard to hear when you're in a dark place because you can't seem to think anything will ever change or get better.
The hardest part of dealing with a mental illness is not knowing what is going on inside of your head, you don't know how to talk, or who to talk too, you feel alienated and alone. The mind plays tricks and you don't know what to believe. It is extremely hard to talk and open up in case you scare/upset/offend the person you are talking too, and then it becomes real that you have a problem. It's daunting, scary and terrifying opening up about the thoughts and worries you have because you don't want to become a burden.
To truly help someone get better you have to get to the root cause, they might not be able to tell you straight away as they probably have hidden it from themselves, but seeing a professional counsellor/therapist will help them to get to their deep rooted pain. Time, patience and support is what they will need to help them get through this difficult time.
Don't give up on your loved ones. Reassure them that they are not alone.
So, I have put together a list of ways you can help family and friends going through this,