Four things you can do, right now, to help someone with a mental/emotional health issue. By #TristaDaniell

If you want to help someone who has a mental/emotional health issue, one of the best things you can do is L-I-S-T-E-N to them (cause people just really don’t listen).

The second thing you can do is respect their words/feelings/triggers/boundaries as if they were your own.

The third thing you can do is check in with them to ask how they feel, are they stressed, do they need a release?

The fourth thing you can do is STOP making them feel guilty by throwing their illness up in their face whenever you are frustrated with them not being able to function in a specific way/area (as you think they should). Have compassion.

This is especially important of those individuals who are living “average” lives who you wouldn’t know have mental disorders if we didn’t disclose (because we are so high functioning). Sadly, most of the compassion for those living with mental/emotional health issues is reserved for those who are visibly mentally/emotionally unstable. If you function anywhere near what appears to be “normal” that compassion is almost non-existent….i don’t think this is purposely done. Still, the end result is the same.

I think churches (maybe schools or after school programs) need to implement courses that teach social compassion and interacting with different types of people. When i was growing up I learned how to interact with students with disabilities because my mom signed me up for a program that taught me about interacting with those with disabilities, mental & physical, and also dispelled much of the ignorance I’d learned listening to others who had no knowledge of said subject. But it was a special program so not everyone participated…i think the program shoulda been mandatory.

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