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If you have a loved one struggling with a mental health disorder such as depression, it can be a challenging situation. You probably want to help. You may also be scared or nervous to say or do the wrong thing.

Learning to support a loved one through mental illness or addiction is a learning process. Every person needs different support. Take some time to talk with your loved one about what support they would like from you. Here are a few suggestions for supporting a loved one struggling with their mental health.

Tell Them You Care 

Many times we assume that our loved ones know that we love and care about them. Try to vocalize these words out loud to your loved one. Sometimes hearing the words out loud can have a positive impact. Try to tell them often how much you support them. Acknowledge their journey. Small comments may only take a few moments to say; however, they may greatly help your loved one during challenging moments.

Ask How You Can Help

Everyone is on a unique journey. Two people can have the same diagnosis but need different support from their loved ones. Try to ask your loved one what you can do to help or support them. Some may need you to be available to talk; others may need support with daily tasks. Try to be open and hear what your loved one is saying to you.

Remind Them They Matter 

If your loved one is struggling with their mental health or addiction, take time to remind them that they matter to you and many other people as well. Sometimes when we face struggles, it can be consuming and isolating. By reminding your loved one that they matter to you and that they are an important part of your life, you are helping them to feel a sense of belonging and connection with you.

Supporting a loved one struggling with their mental health or addiction can be challenging. Learning what to say can be a process. Try to remind your loved one that you care and that they matter. You may also want to ask them how you can support them. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health and addiction can affect an entire family. We are here to help. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options and how we can support you while you support your loved one.