So, if you genuinely want to help support someone, try to understand what they are going through and what they actually need, instead of what you think they need.
3. Try to help with the logical things.
If someone has shared with you their mental health struggles in the past, then one of the best things you can do for them is to help them look at this in a practical way. You can ask them whether they have talked to their therapist recently, or have they been taking their medications. Another thing that you can do for them if they are unable to go out, is by getting their medications, groceries, and essentials from the store. This helps them destress a bit, and makes them feel protected and taken care of.
Take them out for a short walk (within their vicinity, of course), as some fresh air and a change of scenery will help them feel better and calmer. Enquire whether they have been eating properly or not and if not, then help them by cooking some comfort food for them.
One of the best things that you can do for someone who is having a hard time with their mental health right now, is making them feel safe, secure, and not alone, as most of the time the small things can push people over the edge.
4. Show kindness as much as you can.
Kindness is an extremely underrated virtue in today’s modern world. Most people don’t realize that a simple act of kindness can go a long way in making major changes. So, if you want to support someone with their mental health struggles, then try to show as much kindness as possible.
Thoughtful gestures and random acts of kindness can help them deal with their problems in a positive and better manner.
If they are missing having their favorite food, then try and cook up a storm for them. If they are having a lockdown birthday, then try to come up with creative ways of making it a blast. If they are feeling very down and depressed, then try to do what you know will make them happy.
If you are not able to meet them, sending over flowers or a cake can do wonders, trust me. As long as they feel that they are not alone in this, they will be able to deal with everything a little bit better.
This pandemic and the ensuing worldwide lockdown were completely unprecedented and took everyone by shock. Lives changed overnight, so it is very natural for people to feel worried, anxious, and depressed, especially those who have struggled with mental health issues for years. Showing support for someone having a hard time with all this can help them deal with everything better. And you never know, you might end up saving lives.