What do you do when it’s a friend or a loved one that has anxiety or depression?
Strong relationships can go a long way toward improving the outlook and emotional well-being when they live with mental health conditions.
Friends and family can:
- listen with compassion when they need to talk
- provide encouragement and emotional support
- join them in hobbies or activities that offer a positive distraction
- offer rides, grocery runs, and other more tangible forms of support when they have trouble getting things done
Simply knowing they have someone they trust in their life can often help them feel less alone, whether they actually want to talk about your symptoms or not.