5 Ways to Start a Conversation About Mental Health

5 Ways to Start a Conversation about Mental Health

All of us at The Mercantile are no stranger to the pain, grief and confusion that accompany struggles with mental health. There are no words for the pain or awkwardness that can come with talking about mental health. To help seize the awkward & have those tough conversation, here are 5 ways to raise mental health awareness & help break the stigma.

1. “Hey, we haven’t talked in a while. How are you?”

If you haven’t talked to a friend in a while, it’s always good to check in with a simple “how are you?” This is a simple and light-hearted way to bridge the gap into a deeper conversation.

2. “Are you okay? You don’t seem like yourself lately.”

If you’ve noticed your friend has seemed off, don’t be afraid to ask them if they’re okay. Recognizing that something is off and acknowledging that can help make your friend feel seen. A lot of times, when someone is going through a mental health crisis, they feel like no one is noticing. 

3. “Hey, you seemed frustrated today. Im here for you.”

Telling a friend that you’re there for them is one of the most important things you can do. Offering your support when you feel like something might be bothering a friend is both acknowledging them and offering a listening ear.

4. “Seems like something’s up. Do you wanna talk about what’s going on?”

Acknowledging that something seems off and offering a conversation is a great way to check in with a friend. Being willing to listen and hear how they’re feeling without any judgment can help someone feel validated and understood.

5. “I’m worried about you and would like to know what’s up so I can help.”

Acknowledging your concern, asking to listen about what’s going on, and offering to help is a huge way of showing support and love for a friend.

This information was provided by SeizeTheAwkward.org and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. For more information on mental health awareness, suicide prevention and breaking stigmas, visit the following the websites.