Sometimes we suspect that someone we love is struggling with their mental health, but because the topic is so complex and delicate, we don’t even know where to begin.
“Offer a two- or three-sentence preface before launching into the topic so that they don’t feel attacked or ambushed or blindsided by it,” she says. There are many ways to do this; she offers this: “I wanted to talk to you about something that’s been on my mind. I’m hesitant to bring it up because it’s a tough subject, and I don’t want to upset you, but I’ve noticed that you’ve been having a hard time lately, and I wanted to talk to you about it to see if there’s anything I can do to help.”
Remember, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation might seem, you’re letting your loved one know they aren’t alone with their pain.
To read more about how to discuss mental health with a loved one that you suspect is struggling, click here.
Reach out today
If someone you love is dealing with depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems, getting professional guidance can help. To explore the options for therapy in Midtown Manhattan, contact Dr. Alison Ross. You can get in touch by phone or through the contact form.