Expert advice from Chloe Ward on the difficult issue of what to say to a friend who is struggling with their mental health has appeared in a number of publications.
Chloe is a Technician at Smart TMS, a leading mental health clinic specialising in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy with a treatment centre in Dublin.
Chloe’s advice on the difficult and awkward issue of how to chat to someone with mental health issues has appeared in a string of publications including:
- You magazine, the popular Mail on Sunday supplement
- Balance magazine
- FrUK magazine
The following suggested things to avoid saying and things to say have been compiled from all the above articles.
The Things Not to Say And Why:
Sometimes the things we say can hinder rather than help the progress of someone who is suffering with mental health. These are sayings to avoid:
- Get yourself together
- I get it, I have bad days too
- You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself
- What have you got to be down about, you have everything a person could want
- Everything is going to be fine
- There is always someone who is worse off
Best Things To Say
- Are you okay?
- Is there anything I can do to help?
- Tell me about how you’re feeling.
- Give me a call if you ever need to chat – day or night.
- You are not in this alone.
Best Questions to Ask
- Normal things such as, ‘Do you want to go for a coffee?’ or ‘Did you see that show last night?’.
- What Can I Do?
- How are you feeling today?
- I have noticed you are not yourself and I want to know how you are feeling
- Do you need to talk? I’m here if so.
Talking through how and you are feeling can sometimes make the person feel a bit better in the short term, but it also helps them to know they’re not alone and have your support.
The articles featuring Chloe’s expert advice may be found at:
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