How Do You Offer Mental Health Support?

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Offering mental health support isn’t always easy to do. Read to find 5 things to say to offer mental health support at HealthyPlace

How Do You Offer Mental Health Support?

Have you ever wanted to be there for someone who is facing mental health difficulties, but you weren’t quite sure what to say? (Supporting the Mentally Ill: Best Things to Say) Of course you meant well. You just weren’t sure how to talk about mental health support. Wanting to reach out supportively to someone but not knowing how to proceed is common. Try these five ideas for supporting someone facing mental health difficulties.

5 Supportive Things to Say to Support Someone Facing Mental Health Challenges

  1. I’m here to talk when you need someone to listen. This opens the door without pressuring someone to share on the spot.
  2. We haven’t had a chance to have fun together lately. Let’s go ______. This shows that you still enjoy being with the person.
  3. Maybe we can walk side by side through this. You don’t have to try to fix anything. Being there with someone is helpful in and of itself.
  4. You are important to a lot of people. Gently reminding someone that he or she is a positive part of others’ lives is powerful.
  5. I believe in you. I want to help you believe in yourself again, too. This helps build someone up without minimizing what they’re going through.

Simply showing up in someone’s life to be with him or her is one of the best possible ways to show support. These five simple statements will bolster someone’s mental health—and your own, too.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Whether you’ve given mental health support, received support, or both, what have you found to be particularly helpful? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experience on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.



From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


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Mental Health Quote

"It just occurred to me that many people are actually afraid to heal because their entire identity is centered around the trauma they’ve experienced. They have no idea who they are outside of trauma and that unknown can be terrifying."

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Community Partner Team - America's Mental Health Channel
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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, January 15). How Do You Offer Mental Health Support?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: April 3, 2024

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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