4 Ways to Support Loved Ones with Mental Health Struggles – Beyond Small Talk

Anyone can have mental health struggles and it can be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental struggles are internal wars hidden behind a smile, a hello, and the telltale phrase “I’m okay.”

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the warning signs you should watch out for are “excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, significant tiredness, low energy, and inability to cope with daily problems or stress.”

If you recognize these symptoms from a friend or family member, check out these tips from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Kakilala and psychotherapist Alain Dizon to know how you can better support them in their journey.

Make the person feel that nothing has changed 

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but just relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known.  

Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them. 

Ask them how you could help

It’s okay to be honest and to admit that you don’t know what to do, so ask them how you could be of help. Always take the cue from the person.

Tell them your limitations and boundaries when helping, but assure them that you’ll journey with them to recovery.

Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need are your heartfelt presence and listening ear to make them feel that you genuinely care.

Also, don’t force them to speak if they are not yet ready to open up. Just make yourself available whenever they are comfortable to finally speak. 

Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental problems have to deal with is stigma, but educating yourself will help you how to better relate to them and provide the best assistance. 

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion of Beyond Small Talk! 

Catch the next webisode on Saturday, May 2, at 7:00 PM by followingThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Also, we would love to pray for you and your loved ones who are suffering from mental health concerns.

Don’t hesitate to call 8737-0-700 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through theCBN Asia Prayer Center. 

4 Comments

  • Debbie Noveno

    Thank God for the timely topic..I need help how to handle different mental health issues in my family. Please pray for my husband and children. I will be watching tonight.
    God bless u all.

    • Hi Debbie, good day! Thank you for posting with us. We are praying for you and your family! We’re praying for God to lead you on how to handle mental health issues in your family. And to help you through this difficult time. God bless you all.

  • Jennifer

    Hi! I’m suffering with mental health issue. Been diagnosed with clinical depression since last year. Having hallucinations. What should I do? Thank you. Haven’t checked recently with psychiatrist because of Covid 19 and I am also pregnant.

    • Hello Jennifer, we are glad you reached out to us. God’s passion for you is to be healthy physically and emotionally. That is what we are praying for you! We are here for you and if you need prayer, please contact us at 8- 737-0700; VIBER: 0949-888-8001; SKYPE: The700clubasia; EMAIL: prayforme@cbnasia.org. We are here to serve you 24/7!

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