How to help someone with mental health problems

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People who suffer from mental health issues are often in a state of confusion. First of all, they don’t understand what’s happening for some time. And secondly when they do realize what’s happening, they don’t know what to do about it, who they should talk to, who they should approach for help.

Here, we help you figure out the answers to these questions. Let’s begin with understanding the symptoms of mental health problems.

If someone experiences emotional symptoms such as mood changes, restlessness, tension, feeling edgy, severe bouts of anxiety, overstated sense of self-worth, getting easily upset, impulsiveness, etc., chances are they might be dealing with some kind of mental health problem.

Avoiding certain activities such as meetings, being overwhelmed easily, difficulty in making decisions and being constantly worried are key indicators of anxiety disorders.

Depression, which is a severe mental health issue, can show symptoms such as difficulty in concentrating on tasks, constant feeling of exhaustion, being excessively emotional—tearful, angry or frustrated, feeling delusion or having strange thoughts, strong urge to be alone, lack of appetite, loss of confidence etc. A long-term physical symptom of depression could be weight loss.

 

Watch out for these symptoms in yourself and others. And, if you think the problem exists, here’s what you can do:

  1. If someone you know is dealing with mental health problems, find a comfortable place and time where you can talk to them about it.
  2. Begin with your observation such as the changes in their behaviour, and listen to them patiently when they talk about it, without pressing them too much to open up if they’re not up for it.
  3. Avoid commenting. Ask appropriate questions to understand things better but not with the intention of prying.
  4. Once you know what their problem is, provide the best guidance you can. You can either direct them to HR or a specialized team that takes care of mental health issues within your organization. If there’s such provision, ask them if you could help them find a doctor and fix an appointment. You can also volunteer to accompany them to the venue if that suits you both.
  5. Enquire about their appointment and keep a track on their progress.
  6. Encourage them to take care of their physical health and also to engage in tasks and social activities that keep them relaxed and feel included.
  7. Be patient with them if they take slightly more time to come out of the situation. Don’t pressurize them or tell them they’re not doing enough. Be around them but also give them enough space, so that they know you’re not interfering in their life but that they can come to you anytime they need you.

 

Problems that are emotional in nature can be managed better when you get help from the people around you. Therefore, we got to keep a watch on the people around us and help them in every which way possible, to help them go back to their original self and excitement-filled life!

 

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