Here's How To Bring Up The Topic Of Mental Health If You're Worried About A Loved One
It can be especially hard to talk about when someone's feeling down.
The global pandemic is an unprecedented and unusual reality. After several months of juggling all the twists of COVID-19 and trying to navigate daily life, many people are starting to feel its effects.
With the second wave, limited social interactions, and unstable financial situations for some, the coronavirus has definitely brought its share of difficulties. It isn't always easy to remain hopeful and positive through it all.
Whether it's your own well-being that's been impacted or you've noticed mood changes in a friend or family member, know that there are helpful resources available.
If you know someone that's struggling right now, here are some tips that could make a difference.
Pay Attention To The Signs
Clue in on any habit or mood changes that someone might be showing — like trouble sleeping, decreased appetite and lower energy levels. This could help you pinpoint when they need help before the situation worsens.
Your loved one could be anxious and worried in regards to the coronavirus, overwhelmed by current events, or have a negative outlook on everyday things. They might be feeling discouraged, sad, or even angry.
If ever someone you know shows one or many of these symptoms, don't hesitate to bring it up with them and tell them about Info-Social 811, a free and confidential telephone consultation service that's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Share What's Going On In Your Own Life
Discussing how you're feeling with your entourage can be hard. While some people are basically open books, others can be more reluctant to let you in.
One way to encourage a person to share is by starting the conversation yourself and expressing your own emotions and worries.
That way, the lines of communication are already open, and they'll probably be more likely to share their side once they know that you can relate.
Check-In On Them & Listen
Whether it's through social media, on the phone or a video call, or in-person while maintaining physical distance, it's important to pay attention to what others are telling you and to show them you care.
You might want to chime in on certain topics, but if someone has finally let their guard down, the last thing you want to do is cut them off. Let them express how they're feeling. You can support them better once you fully understand what they're going through.
If you ever feel like you're not well-equipped to give the best advice, let them know they can always call Info-Social 811.
Help Them Find Solutions
There are tons of ways to improve your well-being daily through easy activities.
If a loved one seems to be struggling, you can suggest that they get some fresh air, try meditation, treat themselves, or adopt some new healthy habits.
If needed, you can also suggest that they call Info-Social 811 where they can talk to a professional psychosocial worker.
For more ideas, check out this list of ways to help someone feel better.