In America, approximately 51.5 million adults have a mental illness. Although mental illness is common, some people don’t know what to do when interacting with someone suffering from a mental illness. Below, learn five simple ways to support a loved one with mental illness.

1. Learn about mental illness and/or addiction

Do some online research about your loved one’s mental illness and addictions. Addictions are a mental health issue, and they should also be looked at as an illness.

2. Listen

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with Mental Illness

When your loved one needs an ear, be the person who is there to listen to them. Listen first and think about your response before you say it. Sometimes people need to vent: Being there for someone when they need to talk can be lifesaving.

3. Be supporting

Show that you will help support your loved one. Having a strong support system is vital to leading a healthy life.

4. Please encourage them to get support

If you think your loved one needs help, it’s a good idea to encourage them lovingly. Seeking treatment for mental illness is critical and can drastically improve your life.

5. Take care of yourself

Don’t forget to take care of yourself before taking care of a loved one with mental illness. It’s possible to feel burnout if you are helping someone without taking care of yourself. Do self-care activities such as going for a walk, meditating, or practicing yoga.

At Doral Health & Wellness Behavioral Department, you and your loved ones can get help for behavioral health-related issues. Not only do our health experts provide support, our health experts can provide valuable resources to improve your mental health.

Get help at Doral Health & Wellness Behavioral Department and call 718-971-1143 today.