#MentalHealthMonday: Something as simple as asking, “How are you doing today?” can mean so much to someone who’s struggling with depression. More helpful advice below, too. ️ #Repost @mentalhealthamerica with @get_repost・・・
If you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, you are probably wondering what you can do to help. Although new forms of therapy, medications and community services have enabled many individuals to lead full, independent lives, support from family, friends and peers remains an essential element in the recovery process.⠀⠀
There are many ways you can help someone with a mental illness navigate the treatment system and work towards recovery. As in any relationship, emotional and practical support is always needed. Occasionally, family and friends participate in someone’s recovery by offering transportation, financial and housing assistance. Whatever form it takes, your support, compassion and respect matter.⠀⠀
Knowing when and how to give support can be difficult to figure out, however. Though you may want to protect your family member or friend, remember that learning to manage one’s own affairs, pursue goals and become independent are important aspects of an individual’s recovery from mental illness.
Learn more about how you can support someone close to you at MentalHealthAmerica.net.