How to Join the Dialogue
You don't need to be an expert to talk about mental health and little things can make a big difference.
1 Ask someone how they're doing.
If your loved one broke his or her arm you wouldn't hesitate to ask this question. Just like our bodies can become physically unwell, so too can our minds. When you ask 'how are you?' it means someone suffering may not keep to themselves feelings that they otherwise would not have volunteered.
2 Keep in touch.
Call your loved ones, or even text or email. In today’s world of ephemeral photo sharing and oversaturated social media a ‘like’ is a less meaningful way to stay connected and check in on someone.
4 Be patient.
People experiencing mental health challenges will have ups and downs. Not every day will be a good day.
5 Educate yourself.
Check out our social media outlets for more information about mental health, or the NAMI website, one of our affiliate charities, for amazing mental health resources.