Simple Ways to Break the Silence – Conversation Starters
August 28, 2018
"How are you?" It’s a question we ask, usually without expecting a serious answer. But if we talk more openly about mental health, struggles many share could be brought to light – where there’s support.
If you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, try starting a conversation. Some approaches from mentalhealth.gov:
- "I've been worried about you. Can we talk about what you are experiencing? If not, who are you comfortable talking to?"
- “It seems like you are going through a difficult time. How can I help you to find help?”
- “I’m concerned about your safety. Have you thought about harming yourself or others?”
If you are struggling, tell someone you trust. These are delicate conversations. Some are better at offering and accepting support than others, and misunderstandings are inevitable. But making an effort can make a world of difference.
More from this issue:
- Pressure Doesn’t Make Perfect: Beware Sky-High Expectations
- Rude, Mean or Worse? Always Take the Kind Road
- Helicopter No More: Be Present without Hovering
- Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
- Set Limits for Strong Kids
- Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
- Vaping and Juuling: A Trend on Fire
- Building Kids Up: The Parents' Role
- When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All
- Cutting: An Explainer
- Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?
- Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
- Trophy-Free Self-Esteem: Get It with Grit
- Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
- Simple Ways to Break the Silence – Conversation Starters
- Mental Illness: 10 Warning Signs
- Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip