May 3, 2019 - As part of our #RealConvo campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked our followers on Instagram to share their favorite strategies for having an open, honest conversation about mental health.
Below are just a few of the truly wonderful suggestions that we received from you, our community.
- “Validate the [other person’s] feelings before trying to fix the problem.”
- “Be present.”
- “Cry. It’s okay to let everything go and embrace what you are feeling.”
- “Check in with those you care about.”
- “The more we talk about things the less it will feel taboo.”
- “Take the person seriously. Don’t say ‘you’re just having a bad day’ or ‘I’m sure it’s ok.’”
- “Be open, listen and show that you genuinely care.”
- “Don’t judge.”
- “Reach out when you are thinking of someone and let them know you care.”
- “Check in on your strong friends.”
- “Make them feel comfortable.”
- “Keep your mind and your ears open. Don’t advise. Listen. Just listen.”
- “Seize the Awkward and just start the conversation!”
This is just a small sample of the amazing suggestions we received over the past 24 hours — if we tried to include them all, this blog post would be never-ending. We want to express a sincere thank you to our wonderful social media community for all of their contributions. Through each day and with each post, you are creating a culture that’s smart about mental health, and highlighting the power of having a #RealConvo.
To continue the conversation, and check out some of the other amazing things we’re doing for Mental Health Awareness Month this May, head to instagram.com/afspnational!