4 Ways to Support Loved Ones with Mental Health Struggles – Beyond Small Talk

Anyone can have mental health struggles and it can be difficult to recognize.

Unlike a physical wound that is easy to spot, mental struggles are internal wars hidden behind a smile, a hello, and the telltale phrase “I’m okay.”

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the warning signs you should watch out for are “excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, significant tiredness, low energy, and inability to cope with daily problems or stress.”

If you recognize these symptoms from a friend or family member, check out these tips from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Kakilala and psychotherapist Alain Dizon to know how you can better support them in their journey.

Make the person feel that nothing has changed 

You might feel awkward when approaching them, but just relax. Make them feel that you’re the same person they have known.  

Create a safe place for them to unload and share their struggles without judging nor condemning them. 

Ask them how you could help

It’s okay, to be honest, and to admit that you don’t know what to do, so ask them how you could be of help. Always take the cue from the person.

Tell them your limitations and boundaries when helping, but assure them that you’ll journey with them to recovery.

Learn how to listen

Avoid acting like an expert by trying to fix your loved ones’ problems. What they need is your heartfelt presence and listening ear to make them feel that you genuinely care.

Also, don’t force them to speak if they are not yet ready to open up. Just make yourself available whenever they are comfortable to finally speak. 

Educate yourself

One of the biggest challenges that people with mental problems have to deal with is stigma, but educating yourself will help you how to better relate to them and provide the best assistance. 

Did these tips help you? Feel free to comment on the online discussion of Beyond Small Talk! 

Catch the next webisode on Saturday, May 2, at 7:00 PM by followingThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Also, we would love to pray for you and your loved ones who are suffering from mental health concerns.

Don’t hesitate to call 8737-0-700 if you’re in Metro Manila. If you’re outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, contact us through theCBN Asia Prayer Center. 

Think you know about Mental Health? Beyond Small Talk brings it to Light

Many people have preconceived notions about mental health, which is the root of misjudgments and criticisms on people who are going through issues related to it.

To respond to this, Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist and counselor Zenia Lim Panahon discusses mental health and what to watch out for to prevent having issues with it especially now as we battle against COVID-19.

Mental health and mental illness are two different things. 

Mental health refers to how you feel, behave, and think as a person.

It is a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” according to the World Health Organization.

“Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors,” as defined by Mayo Clinic.

Factors such as the environment you’re raised in, genetics or heredity, social and economic position, and your temperament can affect your mental health that may cause mental illness.

One of the symptoms you should carefully watch out for is when you experience sadness, happiness, or anger in an overwhelming manner lasting for at least 2 weeks. By this time, it is suggested that you seek professional help.

DO NOT, in any way, self-diagnose or let anyone nor the internet do so to you. This is a very dangerous path to take, Zenia explained.

Some of the negative repercussions to this include misdiagnosis, undetected medical condition, and underdiagnosis or overdiagnosis that lead to inaccurate treatment says Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in their blog entitled The Dangers Of Self-Diagnosis.

The key is to not assume but visit a trained health professional.

Sadly, according to the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression, “In the Philippines, 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders, with suicide rates in 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000.”

That’s why Beyond Small Talk is eager to raise mental health awareness.  There is hope for you if you are struggling with it.

We want to pray for you! Let’s lift up to God your worries and fears. You may call now CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Do not miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 4, 2020, 7 pm at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

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