Jesus, time and time again, meets people where they are. We are called to do the same. While depression, grief, and anxiety are all around us, many suffering are not able to articulate their need for help. When mental health escapes the spotlight, let’s commit to reaching out to meet others where they are. We’ve put together some practical resources for many of us who aren’t sure where to start.
Here are some things you can do for people you know are struggling:
- Listen – give space for someone to talk
- Offer Reassurance – let them know they’re not alone
- Stay Calm – show them they can talk to you openly without upsetting you
- Be Patient– Let them set the page for seeking support
- Try Not to Make Assumptions – about what may have caused these feelings or what will help
- Keep Social Contact – Keep things as ‘normal’ as possible by including them in social events or chatting about other parts of your lives
- Look for information that may be helpful
- Help to write down lists of questions the person you’re supporting may want to ask their doctor
- Help organize paperwork
- Go to appointments with them if they’d allow
- Ask them if there are specific practical tasks you can help with including offering rides, arranging childcare, taking over a chore or household task
These suggestions were borrowed from Mind.org.uk with permission. © Mind.
Learn more, including what to do if someone does not want your help, by visiting the full article.
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