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What not to say to a friend or family member who is supporting someone with mental health problems

The language and words we use when openly talking about mental health with friends and family can act as the basis between loved ones progressing and getting help or moving backwards and stunting their abilitity to act in a supportive role.

Our team discuss what not to say to a friend or family member who is supporting someone with mental health problems.

 

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  • Tell them to stop feeling sorry for themselves.
  • You need to tell them to stop complaining all the time.
  • I always knew they had a problem.
  • They are just acting like a baby looking for attention.
  • It is their own fault though.
  • Ask them what they even have to worry about.
  • Just tell them to get over it.
  • Tell them to stop being so selfish.
  • Why can’t they just snap out of it.
  • They are most probably just looking for attention.
  • I don’t even know why you bother helping them.
  • Why don’t you tell them to just get out more.
  • They need to stop feeling sorry for themselves.
  • It is just all in their mind.
  • They seem like such hard work.

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