How To Support A Loved One With A Mental Health Disorder
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1 in 5 people in America live with a mental health illness, and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a significant mental health condition in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities (National Alliance on Mental Illness). With these statistics in mind, chances are you know someone suffering from a mental health disorder. Often, we want to help a loved one when we see them struggling from issues like anxiety or depression, but we just don’t know how to help or what to say.
If you notice someone suffering from a mental health issue, it’s essential to let them know they are not alone. According to Mental Health.gov talking and learning about mental health issues can lead to better “recognition of early signs of mental health problems, early treatment, and greater compassion and understanding.”
A few key ways to help a friend or family member showing signs of a mental health condition is to offer support by:
- Expressing your love and support. Asking them questions like, “You seem like you’re going through a difficult time. How can I help you to find help?”
- Listening, showing concern, and being present when the topic of mental health problems come up.
- Discovering if your loved one is getting the care that he or she needs and wants—if not, connect him or her to reputable organizations to help. Let your loved one know that help is out there and that mental health conditions are treatable.
- Asking them if they need help with daily tasks like taking a child to school, helping with grocery shopping and so on.
- Educating yourself and others about your loved one’s diagnosis as well as treating those with mental health disorders with compassion, respect, and understanding.
- If he or she is suffering from both mental health issues and addiction, discuss treatment options available to deal with co-occurring disorders. Let them know that sometimes talking to someone who has dealt with a similar experience helps, like a 12-Step program. Offer to go to a meeting with them for support.
Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
Talking to friends and family about mental health problems can be a crucial opportunity to provide support, valuable information, and potentially save someone’s life. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, get help now. Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery.
Daylight Recovery Services offers specialized inpatient drug treatment, to help those living with co-occurring disorders. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.