Millions of people in the U.S. live with mental health conditions, making it likely you will encounter someone experiencing one at some point in your life. Understanding how best to assist someone can be daunting when you’re worried for their safety; so the first step should be having an open conversation and encouraging them to seek assistance; from there you can assist them with finding suitable treatment solutions suited for their situation. If someone you care for appears dangerous or unstable, stay with them and encourage them to call 999 (if safe to do so) or reach out immediately with immediate psychological support via Samaritans (24 hour service available 24 hours per day).
Help them by explaining that their illness does not define who they are as people. Encourage them to take a mental health screen, talk with their GP or seek professional care; or use online services as well for advice and support. However, keep in mind that discussing mental health can be uncomfortable, and you should remain respectful when talking about mental wellbeing with anyone. If they wish to share anything at all then respect their wishes by sharing as much or little information as is needed from you – allowing the individual to share as they feel comfortable.
Mental illnesses present logistical obstacles as well, including finding affordable housing or transportation to appointments or navigating healthcare systems. Ask the doctors and mental health professionals for any community resources available that might assist your loved ones with these daily tasks, and connect them to those services. You could also offer to assist by helping with meals, grocery shopping, cleaning duties or any other chores needed.
Make a crisis or emergency plan with the person you’re caring for to prepare them in case of distress or suicidal thoughts, try staying with them until it is safe to call 999 or go directly to A&E if necessary, make an emergency GP appointment, use NHS 111 services online, or build networks of friends and support for mental health conditions over time.
Make sure to prioritize taking care of yourself while providing emotional and practical support to a loved one with mental illness. Caring can be demanding on all fronts; therefore, it is vitally important that your wellbeing remains strong by eating healthily, exercising regularly and seeking professional assistance when necessary if necessary. Visit Ways to Look After Your Mental Wellbeing or Support Services for Carers for further assistance if required; aside time for yourself as well – set aside hobbies or interests outside the caregiving role so as not to feel trapped inside it constantly! For further reading or tips please read Gravity Blankets article as we hope this information proves beneficial!