Mental health and well-being – Part 2: Tips to help people with mental illness

Mental health and well-being – Part 2: Tips to help people with mental illness

In today’s fast-paced life, there is an increasing weight attached to maintaining one’s mental health. More and more researches are adding a new dimension to the well-being of an individual by stressing the importance of both mental and physical well-being.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had a serious mental illness in 2014. Mental conditions can destabilize one’s life by meddling with daily functioning and obstructing normal relationship, forcing one to take to medications and therapy to overcome the problems.

Things to keep in mind while helping people with mental illnesses

Looking at the psychological complexity and the stigma surrounding mental disorders, just a will to help someone with this problem is not enough. Mental illnesses are an amalgamation of numerous factors that have crystallized in an individual over a long period of time. Regardless of what these factors are, here are few tips to remember while helping an individual with a mental illness:

  • Being there for them: Mental illnesses are not contagious like cold and flu. The onset or diagnosis of a mental illness can make patients feel isolated and broken, yet they are still the same human beings they once were. They also feel the need to interact with their circles of friends and family. Factors and people who make them feel alienated can deteriorate their condition further.
  • Peaceful environment is important: When diagnosed with a mental disorder, people can feel a sense of loss and uncertainty about themselves. They need time to think and adjust to their new situation and get in tune with themselves again. It is advisable that they avoid environments with a huge crowd or a lot of noise.
  • Need to listen to them: One should not advise them on how they should go about their lives as this may make them feel isolated and can give them a feeling that no one can comprehend their situation. Thus, it is better to listen to them. They might repeat the same things over and over again. During a mental illness, patients are often fixated on a particular thought loop. They need to feel comfortable and talk about themselves to feel better.
  • Encouraging them: Sometimes it takes a tremendous effort for individuals with a mental condition to perform the smallest of tasks. While helping them, one should enable them to engage in activities outside their normal routines. For instance, if their therapist suggests them to take up painting, one can help them enroll in an art class.
  • Desisting from banalities and comparisons: For those who are willing to help, one of the common mistakes that they can make are comparing them to other cases to justify their reasoning for why they should recover sooner. Phrases like – what does not kill you makes you stronger – will only irritate and annoy the loved one.
  • Striving to understand their predicament: There are many reading materials available that one can get hold of to acquire more information about the mental problem that the loved one is suffering from. Learning about the condition can help increase the understanding of various aspects of the illness and of the loved one’s state of mind.

Scope of recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with any form of mental illness, it is advisable to seek professional help. Contact the Colorado Mental Health Help to connect to the best mental health treatment centers in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-899-5063 or chat online with our medical representatives for further information on mental health rehab in Colorado.

Read the rest of the series, “Mental health and well-being:”

Part 1: People addicted to drugs prone to mental disorders