How to Help Others Struggling
From You Got This and The New Orleans Musicians Clinic
In this final week of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to share tips for recognizing a friend or loved one's need for help and how to start the conversation when you see someone struggling.
Those struggling often show signs or signal their distress. Be mindful of things like:
Changes to sleep patterns or appetite
Dramatic mood changes
Impulsivity or recklessness
Loss of leisure interest
Change in healthy coping skills
You can help by being a compassionate, listening bystander. Verbalize your concern and willingness to support them. Having meaningful contact with a trusted friend or loved one can make all the difference:
A call or text to say: “Hey, how are you? I mean, how are you, really?”
"I've noticed you've been a little distant lately. Would you be willing to talk about it with me?"
"I see you are hurting, and I'm here for you."
"I care about you. You've mentioned how you've been struggling lately. Is there anything I can do to support your mental health?"
If someone doesn't feel like talking, here are ideas for 15 kind gestures to show them they're not alone. Check in on three friends & loved ones this week to see how they're doing! Take care and remember, you've got this!