Are You Helping or Hurting?
When a loved one is feeling down and hurting, it’s natural to want to say something to make him or her feel better. Have you had the experience of offering what you thought were loving and supportive words, only to be met with anger or frustration?
|Talk to me. I’m listening…
||Here’s my advice…
|You’re not alone. I’m here for you.
||You’ll be fine. Stop worrying.
|I know you have a real illness that’s causing these thoughts and feelings.
||It’s all in your head.
|Tell me what I can do to help you now.
||I can’t fix this for you; you have to do it yourself.
|You may not believe it now, but the way you are feeling will change.
||Snap out of it.
A word of caution, if your loved one is actively threatening suicide, don’t try to handle the situation on your own. Call 911, take your loved one to the emergency room, or contact his/her mental health professional.
Pasadena Villa® provides mental health residential and transitional services for adults with cognitive, emotional, and social disorders. If your loved one has a mental illness, Pasadena Villa can help. Our social integration model enables young adults with mental health disorders to live with a greater sense of independence, become socially responsible citizens, and rebuild relationships with family and friends. Please call us at 877-845-5235 or contact us online.
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