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6 Ways to Support Someone With a Mental Illness Diagnosis


Here’s how:

  1. Focus on their health.
  2. Realize that they have the same needs you do.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Get over the idiotic ideas about what it means to be or have X, Y, Z.
  6. 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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6 Ways to Support Someone With a Mental Illness Diagnosis


Elizabeth Power, M.Ed.

Elizabeth Power, M.Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, teacher, and consultant. Her firm's specialty is helping organizations make and manage change through learning and doing. Her mastery of diverse interests and innovation has been recognized worldwide through awards and publications across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Her firm provides services in the mental health and disability communities and to early childhood educators, families, parents and teachers.


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Power, E. (2015). 6 Ways to Support Someone With a Mental Illness Diagnosis. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/organizations/2015/01/6-ways-to-support-someone-with-a-mental-illness-diagnosis/

 

Last updated: 26 Jan 2015
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