What You Can Do for a Loved One in a Mental Health Crisis

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Even though mental health awareness has increased significantly over the past several decades, it may not always be easy to recognize when a loved one is suffering through a mental health crisis.

It is important to learn the signs of a potential mental health crisis in order to give our loved ones the love and support they need. Some of the more common signs may include:

  • Change in outlook on life
  • Withdrawal
  • Lack of self-care
  • Hopelessness
  • Increased alcohol and substance use
  • Struggling to fulfill obligations

Please note that these signs are not absolute indications of a mental health crisis. Instead, these signs are cues to pay attention and inquire further.

What You Can Do

Here are some steps you can take if you suspect a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis:

Take Your Feelings Into Account

More than one person can be affected by a mental health crisis. Be aware of any anxiety or other emotions you may feel about the situation. While it is unrealistic to expect to be perfectly calm, being aware of your own emotions can help you manage the situation better.

Approach Your Loved One

If you are concerned about a loved one’s well-being, try to find a convenient time to discuss your concerns with them. Describe what you have perceived of their situation in a non-judgemental way, inviting them to respond. Let them know of your willingness to help, if necessary.

Discuss Options for Help

If help is necessary, discuss different options of how you can help. Whether it’s providing a shoulder to lean on or accompanying them to therapy sessions, it’s important that you let them know that you wish to work with them as a team.

Stay Supportive

Even if your loved one doesn’t want or isn’t ready to seek help, you should still be supportive. Make sure they know that your love isn’t dependent on their seeking help. Ultimately, the decision for seeking help should be theirs and you should seek to be a good influence.

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