- Focus on their health.
- Realize that they have the same needs you do.
- Recognize the system may have trained them to act weird because it reinforces that they’re crazy or dangerous, which may be the only identity they know.
- Listen without being a fire hydrant. Be clear about what you can/will tolerate. Set limits on what you’ll take in and where they need to discuss/take the rest.
- Get over the idiotic ideas about what it means to be or have X, Y, Z.
- Recognize how much what you believe is influenced by people (like the mental health industry, like radicals like me) with vested interests in your beliefs.
And you want to know how to support someone who may benefit from, but hasn’t yet received mental health care? You guessed it: it’s those same six things. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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