I.E.G. Articles (Society) · Mental Health

What A Person with Mental Illness Needs

What they need:

  • A shoulder to cry on
  • A person to lean on
  • A person(s) to listen to them
  • Words of encouragement
  • Support when seeking professional help
  • Advice and kind guidance
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Support when taking medication
  • Patience and compassion
  • Information, tips and tricks for helping themselves cope
  • A friend they know is there – a call or text or visit away when they’re overwhelmed
  • Education (for them and for others to understand them better)
  • Therapy options that aren’t limited
  • Support groups for likeminded people
  • To be told they’re ill, they have an illness, but they are NOT their illness
  • Given alternative/ holistic healing methods to try for themselves – yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, etc.
  • A self care routine that’s there for them, a people to support them with this routine – reading, walking outside, baths, time out, naps, body care, decluttering, exercise, etc.
  • Given a potential way out, and given reminders that help is there, coping is possible, and life can be lived

What they don’t need:

  • “You’ll be fine.”
  • “Are you trying to get better?”
  • “It’s just in your head.”
  • “You’re being weak and dramatic.”
  • To be told they’re seeking attention
  • To be told to get over it
  • To be called crazy
  • To be shunned
  • For friends to forget about them
  • For people to baby them and patronise them
  • “You need to be on meds.”
  • “You shouldn’t take medication.”
  • Your judgment
  • Your ridicule
  • For you to add to their suffering
  • Impatience and frustration
  • Misunderstanding, ignorance, and assumptions
  • You to be afraid of them
  • “You’re too emotional”
  • “You’re insane. You should be hospitalised.”
  • To be told they’re not ill. That it’s not a real illness or problem.

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