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A conversation can make a difference in helping someone feel less alone and more supported in recovering from anxiety and depression. Here are some tips to help you have the conversation. Don't hesitate to talk to someone you are worried about.
Your support may make all the difference. Raise the topic in a way that feels comfortable to you. Just be genuine. Explain why you are concerned.
What have you noticed that has left you feeling worried about them? Take time to try to understand their experience of anxiety or depression. Recognise and validate how they are feeling. Resist the temptation to offer solutions, give advice, make assumptions or diagnose their problem.
The most helpful thing you can do is listen. Help them to feel at ease and follow their lead. A silence may make you feel uncomfortable at first but see it as a chance for you both to gather your thoughts. Together you can work out how to move forward. Help them explore their options for feeling better.
You could suggest they contact their doctor or the Beyond Blue Support Service. When you are supporting someone with anxiety or depression it can become overwhelming so remember to look after yourself too, and seek support when you need it. Accept that they might not be ready to talk. Instead of talking about the issue, focus instead on staying in touch and doing things together that might make them feel less alone. You could also suggest other people that they may prefer to talk to, such as a friend who has experienced anxiety or depression, or a confidential helpline.
Try to understand that it can take time for people to be ready to talk to a professional. You may not agree but respect their decision. Reassure them that they are not alone and plant the seed that professional support is available when they are ready. Discuss with the person what the barriers are for them, and whether there is any way you can help, such as taking them to the appointment, or finding a health professional they click with.
Keep in touch. If you are unsure whether someone is thinking about suicide, the best way to find out is to ask. Learn how to have a conversation about suicide or visit the Conversations Matter website to find more resources for discussing suicide. If the situation is urgent and they are in immediate danger, do not leave them alone unless you are concerned for your own safety. NewAccess is a free and confidential service that provides support in the form of a coach.
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Talking to someone you are worried about. OK, but you know you can talk to me if you ever need to. More tips on what to say and why. Just take your time, there is no rush.
I know talking about this can be difficult. I can hear that the last few months have been really terrible for you. Please tell me more about it. How are you feeling about that? Can I just check that I have understood you correctly? I know it can be hard to talk about this — thanks for trusting me with it.
Things can get better. Reassure them they are not alone and there is hope that things can get better. Be patient, help them to overcome any setbacks, and point out any improvements you see. What can I do to support you? Check your understanding of the situation and what you might be able to do to help. What have you tried already? Have you thought about seeing your doctor or Beyond Blue? What if they are thinking of suicide? NewAccess coaching program. Other s in This Section Get immediate support Who can assist Find a professional National help lines and websites Online forums Treatment options NewAccess — Mental health coaching support Have the conversation What to say and why Talk about it Know your options Talking to someone you are worried about Talking to a young person Beyond Now - Suicide safety planning Staying well Resource library Get started now.
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