Here’s What to Say to Someone With a Mental Illness

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Treat Mental Health Issues Like Any Other Disability

Invisible illnesses are some of the harder conditions to respond to in a meaningful way. When approaching someone with a disability you can see, it is easy to approach them with care and respect for their needs. You can accommodate things to make their lives easier and immediately know what you’re dealing with. However, when you cannot immediately understand and empathize with what someone is going through, it can be difficult to know how to interact with someone.

Approach With Caution

Everyone has a story. Every person on this earth has had experiences that have shaped them and made them into the person they are today. It’s very tempting to want to explore a person’s problems and get to the root of their issues. As much as we all want to be armchair psychologists, sometimes it’s best to leave the personal stuff out of the conversation.

Show You Care

Honestly, the most important thing you can do when talking to someone with a mental illness is to simply show that you care. Sometimes all a person wants is to be told that they are worth it and that someone is thinking about them. Make an extra effort to include people and show that they matter in your life. Maybe send a quick text to your friends asking them how they’re doing, or invite them to something you were planning on going to alone. Showing a person with a mental disability that you care about them and want them to succeed can be a light in a world of darkness.

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