10 Steps To Take If Someone Is In Mental Health Distress

January can be a difficult month for our mental well-being. Lack of money after the festive period, lack of sunlight and colder weather can make it harder to have a positive outlook.

Although The number of patients hospitalized for mental illness decreases In December and the number of emergency calls related to mental health problems also decrease, the trend radically reverses in January.

It can be difficult to know how to help someone suffering from a mental disorder, and we often worry saying something wrong, especially if someone has expressed thoughts of harming themselves. Here are some tips to help you know what to do if someone is in crisis and their emotional turmoil turns to you for support.

PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know is thinking about hurting yourself or ending your life, you can get help now.

  • Make sure YOU feel connected, safe and secure in your own body and environment. It won’t do either of you any good if talking about difficult topics will also cause mental anguish. Be a The calm presence will help you through this difficult time.. There are techniques that can help emotional regulation and that you can practice daily, such as breathing and meditation exercises. These practices can help you manage potentially distressing conversations like this one.
  • Offer them a glass of water or a cup of tea. This may seem simple, but different sensations, such as taste or liquids, can change the fluctuation of nervous system responses. The heat of the tea calms our internal organs and can reassure our brain that we are safe. Drinking tea or water also reassures our nervous system that we are safe and therefore sends safety signals to our brain.
  • I suggest you go for a walk. This may seem like a simple activity but a walk can provide privacy, a change of scenery, fresh air, and walking moderates our heartbeat. Calms our nervous system. and can help us feel less trapped.

  • It’s okay to ask them if they have made any plans to take their own life. Asking won’t plant the idea in their head, but it can help them feel that their distress is taken seriously. If they say yes, you can let them know that you may need to call emergency services and ask for an ambulance if they feel like they can’t keep themselves safe. You can let them know, not hide it from them, and assure them that it is for their own safety. If they say no, it’s helpful to go back through those other steps above, or you could suggest they call Samaritans at (Number) or encourage them to speak to their GP or a mental health professional.
  • If this person has not made plans to end their life, continue to hold space for the conversation and suggest further resources. Our Get Help page has many resources, including the Samaritans Helpline. He charity mind It also has many pages on suicidal thoughts and how to help. The center of hope You can direct you and this person to help in your local area. Remember to listen without judging, comparing or projecting. Judgment can mean positive or negative comments. Comparison can mean comparing this person’s experience with that of another person. Projecting can mean conveying our assumptions or experiences to another.
  • Ask who you can contact to let them know that this person is in danger. Although Family-led support networks can support mental well-being., this “family” may not be a traditional family, as for some it may not be a safe place. They could be friends, found family, partner, therapist, GP, community group, neighbor or even an online friend. This reminds this person that they are not alone and reassures them that there is a wider support network.
  • Schedule a catch-up meeting at an agreed-upon time to check in. This doesn’t have to be your responsibility, but it can provide a framework to work from and a goal to set together. Boundaries are important for productive relationships, whether they are friendships, family relationships, or even patient and doctor relationship
  • End the conversation by talking to them about your plans for the rest of the day. Break it down into hour by hour, or 15 to 15 minutes if necessary. It will help them remember what’s next and put them at ease. Time management can be overwhelming and Good time management can reduce stress..
  • Make sure you turn to someone for support. Whether it’s a charity helpline, an informed friend, or an empathetic loved one, having someone to vent to can help a lot when it comes to managing the emotions related to conversations like this. The importance of The network-based approach to communication and support is widely understood. So turn to others for support when supporting people in need.

If you are concerned that someone is thinking about self-harm or suicide, there are places you can get help. And if you yourself are thinking about taking your own life or harming yourself, help is available now. You are not alone and people care.

Find more about What should be done to prevent suicide here? and How MQ is helping researchers prevent people with mental illness from leaving too soon.

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