The Do’s (And Don’ts) of Supporting Someone Through a Mental Health Crisis

Sam Dylan French – Taking care of yourself while talking care of others

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No one — not even the most energetic among us — has an unlimited supply of emotional resources.

But I know how much we wish we did. When someone we love is struggling with their mental health, oftentimes our instinct is to throw ourselves into the fray… but without being thoughtful about what kind of support we offer, we risk burning out.

If you’re reading this, you probably know what I mean.

In my own history, I’ve been both the person in crisis and the supporter. And I know firsthand that when someone hits bottom, it’s hard not to get swept up in the intensity. We forget ourselves sometimes. We go all-in, just to find ourselves depleted and resentful.

I wrote this because, having seen both sides, I know just how difficult it can be.

It hurts to give someone every last ounce of compassion that you have, just to…

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