Statistics show that one in five people in our lives has mental health issues. What happens if this situation arises, and your loved one needs mental health supervision? In this article, we explore what you can do to help your loved one in this situation.
How to Deal with Someone Who Needs Mental Health Supervision
1. Do Not Panic: When you get to know that someone you love suffers from mental health issues and might need supervision, the tendency to panic is high. Though this might be scary it is important that you settle and calm yourself, don’t start assuming and imagining horrible possibilities, and don’t spiral. Don’t rush and approach the loved one, because this might come off as being aggressive and inconsiderate, and doing this might damage your relationship. It is best that you settle and assess the person and other surrounding factors, be patient with your loved one, and this will definitely go a long way to help you and your loved one.
2. Listen: When supervising your loved one in this situation and they decide to talk to you about their problems, it is very important that you listen to them. Don’t interrupt them, and don’t listen so that you can reply; listen actively and lovingly. Caution yourself and don’t give into the temptation of taking over the conversation. Listen with care and address the issues they raise with utmost love.
3. Be Supportive and Set Boundaries: Be an available support system for your loved one, and let them know that you are always there to support them through what they are going through. As you support your loved one, it is important that you set boundaries in your conversations and activities. After you have educated yourself, set the right boundaries to take care of yourself too.
4. Inform Yourself: When you have a loved one that has mental health issues, it important to inform and educate yourself to help your loved one. This way you would be able to spot changes in their behavior and know what to do with the information you get from your loved one.
5. Empathy and Consideration: Don’t be condescending to your loved one just because they need supervision. Show them love, visit them, and care for them. Try to put yourself in their shoes and know how you would want to be treated then treat them better.
No matter what happens, be it professional mental health supervision or home supervision, equip yourself and show your loved one you care.