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“You have been practicing meditation for so long, you should feel ashamed of being emotionally exhausted.” 

If I recall anything sore anyone has ever said to me, this is the one.

Nobody wants to feel sad. Nobody wants to cry. Nobody wants to live in a void. We constantly strive to have days all smiling. But… stuff happens…  As we mark the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I couldn’t skip talking about it. 

The fact stays no more surprising that one in four people suffers some kind of mental disorder which is one of the leading causes of ill health. 

Hence, you, me and we all have our own set of liability for destigmatizing mental illness and helping each other for better mental/emotional health. 

Today, I have listed out some statements you should not utter in front of anyone who suffers mental/emotional difficulty. Remember, the data, it’s one in four. So, the person might just be standing beside you.

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It takes real guts to speak about mental health issues. If a person is sharing something with you, handle the situation with so much of care and compassion.

Remember, sometimes somebody just needs your ears, not your mouth. When they speak in front of you, listen with kindness. And when they put their words, just ask them if they want to have further conversation about it.

Here are the things you can say to them:

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2 thoughts on “Do not say these things to people struggling with mental health, please

  1. I have a friend that has been opening up to me. I’ve caught myself almost saying some of these but I just listened instead. But I also wonder what are some things I can tell my friend to at least show a little support or that I do care for my friend. Should I just not say anything at all ever and just listen?

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