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Learn about a wide range of mental illnesses and how to deal with them.
You Will Need
- A caring, supportive attitude
- A computer with internet access
Offer support and friendship to the individual and be there for them when they need advice or just to talk.
Suggest that the individual be evaluated and treated by a health care professional. Help them make and keep the appointment.
Educate yourself on the individual’s condition and what to expect during their treatment and recovery. You can find many helpful resources using the internet.
Support their treatment plan
Support the individual’s treatment plan by helping them schedule appointments and follow medication schedules. Encourage them to stick to their plan.
Encourage and support positive activities
Encourage and support activities with friends, family, colleagues, and support groups. Encourage hobbies.
Allow individual to make decisions
Allow them to make decisions about social activities, like which movies to see or which restaurants to visit. This helps build confidence and self-esteem.
Give positive feedback
Give the individual positive feedback and compliments on their progress as often as possible.
Feed your own soul
Feed your own soul by taking time for yourself and your own interests.