It is important to understand that despite the many forms of mental health issues, each affected person experiences it differently. Here are 4 steps you can take to show support, help and care to your loved one with mental illness.
STEP 1: COMMUNICATE
Communication can be difficult for many people with a mental health disorder. They either do not have the motivation to communicate, lack the confidence or are too afraid that others will not understand them. If you see the signs and symptoms of mental illness in a person, reach out to them and make them feel that you are there for them.
Listening is the key here; let them express themselves openly without interrupting or offering your opinion. Provide encouragement and reassurance when they become upset or appear to be struggling with their emotions.