U4CW - Supporting Others

Supporting Others

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“Helping others is the way we help ourselves.”
-Oprah Winfrey
Helping others with their mental health not only is it important to reach out to others as they struggle with their mental health, doing so has a positive impact on our own mental well-being. Here are some ways to help others who are struggling with their feelings.
  • Find ways to connect 
  • It’s okay to start slowly – try small actions and support
  • Do regular check ins
  • Listen
  • Don’t be afraid to talk about feelings
  • Don’t judge or criticize - validate feelings
  • Don’t compare (tell them about when you had a harder situation)
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Keep your word  – follow through on promised actions
  • Offer to just be with them
  • Encourage them to take care of their body (sleeping, eating, hydrating, moving)
  • Encourage them to keep a schedule/routine
  • Provide information if needed
  • Explore their other supports
  • Identify mood boosting activities
  • Know when more serious help is needed
  • Persuade them to get more serious help if needed – you may even need to help call