Thursday, 10 October 2019

5 TIPS ON HOW TO START A MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATION

I know sometimes it's quite difficult to start a mental health conversation because we'll "where do I start", "What do I say"?

No need to worry,
In this post I will be sharing  few helpful conversation starters to help break the ice around a loved ones’ mental health.

So,  in honor of World mental health day,  Here are 5 ways to start a mental health conversation :

1.  Are you okay?  

Ask the question and mean it. Show you are listening by sitting alongside the person, maintaining an open body position and maintaining comfortable eye contact.

2.  “Are you thinking about suicide?” 

Don't worry asking a person if they have been thinking about suicide will not increase the risk that they will commit suicide. So if you are concerned that someone is considering suicide, ask the question directly.

3.  “I’ve noticed that…” 

Start the conversation by explaining some behavior changes you may have noticed about them.  Example, “I’ve noticed that you’ve been showing up to work late a lot lately...” Then, express genuine concern.

4. “Do you want to take a walk?” 

Engage that family member or friend that you are concerned about in a healthy physical activity like taking a walk together can be a great way to start a conversation. Doing an activity while you talk can take some of the nerves and discomfort out of the conversation.

5. “How are you, really?” 

Sometimes when someone says they’re fine, they’re not. Know the warning signs to look out for so you can know when to offer extra support.


NOTE : 

Be prepared for whatever path these conversations take you, and be prepared to walk it with whomever you’re reaching out to.

I want everyone to feel confident to begin a conversation about mental health, sustain that conversation and direct people to the help they may need, whether that’s professional help or just a non-judgmental listening ear.

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12 comments:

  1. I remember one time a friend of mine was really struggling but I didn't even know what to say or ask him to get him to at least open up.

    Thank you so much for this. Super helpful.
    Happy world mental health day

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  2. Hello Sandra this is great info. Please how do I get it to my mail?

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  4. I thought mentioning suicide to someone, might actually give them the idea, or make them go through with it!
    Thank you

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  5. Not necessarily, if you are worried that friend may commit suicide, it is a good idea to ask plainly, that would help push the conversation further

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