HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE STRUGGLING

To truly help someone get better you have to take time to listen.  Your time, patience and support is what they need to get through this difficult time. It will be daunting, scary and terrifying opening up about their thoughts and worries, so be mindful if they aren't ready to talk and worry about becoming a burden. Don't give up on your loved ones. It is not a quick fix. Reassure them that they are not alone, things are going to get better & this is a temporary state of mind. 

TIPS TO HELP SOMEONE STRUGGLING

1.

Send a text - check in with your friend now and again to remind them you are there and thinking of them.

2.

Listen - be a pair of non-judgmental ears. Give them space to talk where they feel safe and comfortable.

3.

Reassurance - reassuring them that you are going to help and be with them every step of the way.

4.

Support - is there anything you can do to support them e.g. Lifts, cooking, cleaning, childcare. Ask if there is anything you can help with & keeping them company. 

5.

Appointments - go with them to doctor appointments so they don't feel alone or work themselves up about going to see someone. 

6.

Mental Health - take time to research the symptoms and experiences they are having so you have a better understanding. 

7.

LOOK AFTER YOU TOO - ensure you are looking after yourself as you will be no use to anyone, if you are also struggling. 

HELPFUL AND UNHELPFUL THINGS TO SAY

What can I do to help right now?
Would it help if I just sat here with you?
I love you and I am always going to be here for you.
Whatever is going on I will help you get through this.
Do you want me to come over? Can I make you a cup of tea?
Are you looking for advice or would you rather I just listen?
There's no reason to panic 
Don't stress
Everyone gets stresses it's normal
Just stop worrying and you'll feel so much better
You need to get some exercise and you'll feel better
Don't cry

When people tell you to chill out or stop worrying, do you wish they would just shut up? 

Because if it was that easy, you'd do it, right?

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