It’s Mental Health Week at BuzzFeed, and, in addition to our editorial work, we’ve partnered with Well Being Trust to bring more awareness to mental health. Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing mental, social, and spiritual health in the nation.
My name is Clark, and, from the outside, I’m a pretty happy dude. I’ve got a great life, good friends, an incredible job, and I’m really close with my family.
But I’m also clinically depressed. And it’s something I live with. There are many other conditions people deal with every day, like ADHD, eating disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and more.
But you don’t have to have one of these conditions to practice mindfulness and want to take care of your mental health. It’s something anyone can do to cope with normal life stressors and aid their productivity.
The best thing you can do for someone bettering their mental health is be there and listen. For starters, here are a few things to avoid saying when discussing mental health.
1.“You’ll get over it eventually.”
What to say: “Time will help you address it better, and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.”
NOPE. That’s not how it works. Just like you don’t “get over” allergies. You learn how to deal with it and better your life because of it.
2.“But you don’t look sad.”
What to say: “You’ve seemed a bit off. Are you feeling all right?”
A computer doesn’t look like it’s about to freeze up. It just does. The same goes for mental health — sometimes it doesn’t show physical symptoms.
3.“Just deal with it like a normal person.”
What to say: “I hear what you’re saying. How can I help?”
That’s like telling a skateboard to steer like a bike. We’ll just deal with it the best we can.