What do you say to someone who’s struggling with physical or emotional challenges? It can be awkward to know what to do for the best.
Health & Wellbeing magazine looked at how to support someone in such times. They sought input from Smart TMS on how to help someone with depression.
The article introduces:
“Thanks to the amazing work of the NHS, we’re diagnosing things more accurately and prescribing more advanced medicine, but we often despair as a friend or family member when it comes to emotionally supporting someone with their mental or physical health.”
The guide is designed to give practical tips and advice.
How to Help A Loved One with Depression
The article explains:
“Knowing how to talk to someone who’s mentally ill is a great way to allow them a platform to express their emotions. It’s important to understand which words or phrases are likely to make them feel shut down, as we often close the conversation about how somebody’s feeling without even realising.”
Smart TMS Technician Abie told the magazine:
“It’s crucial to remember that depression isn’t a choice. A person can have everything that may make someone else happy, but it makes no difference to how they feel – they’re still mentally unwell, and telling them they should be grateful is unsupportive.”
The article gives the following advice:
“You don’t have to offer a solution to their troubles there and then, just learning to listen and ensure you’re not bringing the focus of your conversation back to yourself is a great first step. If someone is suffering far away,
show them that you care by sending a card or a hamper of their favourite things.”
Other challenging situations covered in the feature included how to help someone with a cancer diagnosis, disordered eating, fertility issues, social anxiety, type 2 diabetes and stress.
The article appeared in Health & Wellbeing magazine. For more articles on ‘healthy mind’ issues see: https://www.yourfitnesstoday.com/healthy-mind
Abie, TMS Technician at Smart TMS
Abie is a member of the Smart TMS team of technicians at our Manchester TMS Clinic.
Her qualifications and experience prior to working at Smart TMS include:
- Psychology Bsc (Hons) at Lancaster University, with a certificate of distinction
- Currently studying MSc in Developmental Disorders
- N-compass Northwest volunteer – advocacy and carer support
- Experience of peer mentoring, supporting disaffected youth and co-facilitating support groups for mental well-being
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