This is extremely well written and I come from the point of view of both the nurturing caretaker and the one in crisis. Thank you so much for this 🙂
Learn about their diagnosis.
Every mental illness is different so every person needs a different approach. It can be very affirming when your loved ones take the time to learn about your diagnosis and the way in which it effects you. Having a better understanding of your loved one will help you make sense of their behaviours and allow you to approach them sensitively.
Be there for them and listen to them.
The most important thing a person with a mental illness needs is someone to listen to them without judging. Sometimes all it takes is your presence. Check in on your friends and family regularly and spend time with them when you can. It can make all the difference when you know there is someone there for you.
Have a plan for a crisis.
Mental illnesses can sometimes lead to dangerous situations such as suicide. It is important to…
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