Supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health is a crucial and often challenging task, but it's one that the experts at Family Care Center, Austin’s leading behavioral health care provider, know can make a world of difference in their journey toward healing and recovery.
In a world where mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent, understanding how to offer the right kind of support is more important than ever. Whether it's a friend, family member, or colleague, knowing how to be there for someone in need can be a beacon of hope in their darkest moments.
Here are five recommendations from Family Care Center Behavioral Health Services on how you can support someone who is struggling with mental health.
1. Stay Involved
Continue to show interest in the individual's activities and hobbies. Engagement in positive and enjoyable activities can be therapeutic.
2. Communicate Openly
Create safe, non-judgmental opportunities for the person to talk about their feelings and concerns. Let them know you care about their perception of their world.
3. Be empathetic
Show empathy and validate the person's feelings. Listen intently without thinking about a reply or countering their feelings.
4. Respect privacy
While it's important for you to be supportive, also respect the person's need for privacy. Don't push them to share more than they are comfortable with.
5. Be alert
Be vigilant for signs of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or a sudden worsening of the condition. If you notice any of these signs, seek immediate professional help by calling the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, available 24/7, for immediate support and assistance.
You can make a difference
Talking to friends and family about mental health problems can be an opportunity to provide information, support, and guidance. Speaking about mental health issues can lead to:
- Improved recognition of early signs of mental health problems
- Earlier treatment
- Greater understanding and compassion
Though, it’s always important to remember, what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to maintain open lines of communication, provide unconditional support and encourage your friend or loved one to seek professional help when needed.
Learn more about mental health services
If you’re looking for ways to improve your or a loved one's mental health, give Family Care Center a call to learn more about their services.
They have clinics in Central Park, Pflugerville, Round Rock and most recently Cedar Park, which is located at 1411 Medical Pkwy Suite 201.
Chamber members are also always welcome to join Family Care Center’s new clinic ribbon cuttings, where you have the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the clinic.
The next ribbon cutting will be held at the Cedar Park clinic on November 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST. Click here to register.