How to Help Someone with a Mental Illness

If you think that someone has mental problems waiting for them to make the first step results in loss of valuable support time, make the first move by talking openly with them as this will help you figure out how you will help them. Mrs. Samantha I Bray, a counseling therapist, noted that patients with mental illnesses do not love exposing their issues. You should, therefore, be open and not judgmental when they decide to pour out their concerns to you.

Have an open conversation with your loved one

Allow your loved one to share as much as they want with you, make them take the lead in the discussion, and avoid putting too much pressure on them. Talking is a sign that they trust you, and it might have taken them so much courage to open up. On most occasions, this could be their first time talking about their mental health; therefore, you need to treat the information with caution.

While you may not be a medical expert, try to show empathy as they tell you how they feel, be happy to offer support to them. Do not, however, make assumptions on their conditions as you may not be trained to give a diagnosis. Be open-minded with them; keep asking open-ended questions that lead to further explanations and probably further engaging information.

Listen to them carefully, and you may want to repeat what they have said in a friendly manner to ensure that you have understood them well. Although you may not agree with what they are saying, you should acknowledge their feelings and make them feel like you have understood their point of view. Begin by talking about therapy and overall well-being, such as eating a balanced diet and exercise. Offer help by volunteering to visit a therapist with them but ensure that they take the lead in making this decision.

Seek professional help

Treatment of mental illness varies with the type of disorder, and a licensed psychiatric doctor will diagnose your condition and offer counsel.  There are many classifications of mental diseases; some are neurodevelopment disorders that start at childhood and are characterized by conditions such as autism. Bipolar disorders are shown by alternating periods of high energy and that of low energy known as mania and depression. Anxiety disorders are shown by excessive worrying in patients, while depression is shown by how someone feels emotionally.

Mental health treatment options

For severe conditions such as clinical depression, a doctor will offer anti-depressant treatments. Mood-stabilizing medications may work well for various psychological conditions. Antipsychotic medications treat multiple types of mental disorders too. Anti-anxiety drugs may also be administered to a patient, depending on their condition. A patient will also go through talk therapy, which may help normalize their brain, and a therapist should be open to talking with you freely. Ensure that you choose a doctor that makes you enjoy the healing process.


You can help your loved ones deal with mental health by approaching them in a non-judgmental way. Ensure that you emphasize and listen to their issues keenly. Let them take the lead in talking about their issues, ensure that you can convince them to see a doctor. Help them get through their situation through useful therapies and treatments that can improve their condition.