Friends, we need ALL of your help to #endthestigma that mental illness means mental failure, mental weakness, or mental ignorance.
Just as we wouldn’t tell someone with a cancer diagnosis, “good luck, I’m sure you’ll figure it out on your own,” we need to come together and help those suffering with dark craters in their minds.
Here are some wonderful things you can say to someone struggling.
“I don’t know exactly what you are going through, but I am 100% here for you. Whatever you need, I am here.”
“You are not a failure. You are not a loser. Most people would crack under the mental and emotional pressure you face daily. You are incredible.
“I’m bringing you over your favorite ice cream and we’ll just hang out. If you want to talk we’ll talk. If you want to just cry and cuddle up in a ball, I’ll be there to comfort you.”
Here are some things you should NOT say.
“It’s all in your head…. stop complaining.”
“Have you taken your meds today? Cause you’re acting really annoyed.”
“Just pray more. Obviously this is a faith issue.”
We can do this TOGETHER, but it will take a team effort.