Mental health has become a serious concern in America. More than 40 million Americans experience mental illness in a given year, meaning that even if you aren’t suffering from anxiety or depression, chances are a friend, family member, or your spouse is.
Most of us have never been taught how to be supportive of others as they navigate health challenges. It isn’t always easy, but with a few tips, we can shift into learning how
to assist our loved ones. Here are 3 ways to be a big help.
Educate Yourself on Your Loved One’s Condition
When your loved one approaches you and reveals their recent diagnosis, begin by educating yourself on their diagnosis and what it means (after thanking them for their trust and supporting them, of course).
If you want to be supportive of your loved one, the first thing you need to do is learn the truth about these illnesses and advocate the truth about them. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder have a number of misconceptions in our culture, such as patients being “crazy” or “dangerous”.
Your understanding of your loved one’s diagnosis can go a long way toward helping
them accept themselves and reduce fear or worry.
Encourage Medication Management Apps
Medications can be confusing and difficult to track. Some need to be taken when you first wake up, some before bed, and some after meals, and this can lead to accidentally missing crucial dosages. Consider suggesting a technological solution!
While pillboxes are a common way to monitor medication intake, many app developers are creating free apps like Pill Reminder and Medisafe that have the tools users need to track individual medications and set unique reminders throughout the day.
Listen to Your Loved One and Offer Emotional Support
Mental illnesses, like depression and anxiety, can affect how a person values themself. They may be embarrassed to talk about their diagnosis and may even believe that they have become a burden on those closest to them.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to remind them how much they are loved and make sure they feel heard at every step.
Sana Behavioral Hospitals are here to support our elder population experiencing challenges to their mental health and wellbeing. Give our team of medical professionals a call today in Prescott, AZ at 928-227-3424 or in Las Vegas, NV at 725-605-0310, or visit us online and see how our team of caregivers can help your loved one thrive.