TALK ABOUT IT
Maybelline is committed to destigmatizing mental health, and has provided different approaches to navigate conversations and encourage more openness and comfort with the topic. Many people living with mental health conditions don’t feel comfortable talking to their friends and family about what they’re experiencing. Before you decide to help someone else, ask yourself if you feel prepared and whether you can find the right setting.
Start the conversation
- “It worries me to hear you talking like this. Let’s talk to someone about it.”
- “I’ve noticed you’re [sleeping more, eating less, etc.], is everything ok today?”
- “I’ve noticed that you haven’t been acting like yourself lately. Is something going on?”
Utilize language that shows your support - stay engaged with these phrases that will help you to demonstrate patience and understanding.
- “I really want to help, what can I do to help you right now?”
- “Let's sit down together and look for places to get help. I can go with you too.”
- “Would you like me to go with you to a support group or a meeting? Do you need a ride to any of your appointments?”
Show you care
1- Your friend may feel alone; check in regularly and include your friend in your plans
2- Tell your friend that having a mental condition does not change the way you feel about them
3- Tell your friend it gets better; help and support are out there
4- Learn more about mental health conditions You may want to reach out to someone to talk to about how you're feeling or to get advice on how to help your friend. Consider talking to a family member, trusted friend, school counselor/advisor or teacher/coach.
5- Avoid saying things like “you’ll get over it”, “toughen up” or “you’re fine”
AFTER THE CONVERSATION
Mental Health is an ongoing journey – stay engaged with the individual regularly via text, phone or in person check-ins and continue to remind them that you are there for them and support them. You can also consult the resources highlighted in the EXPLORE RESOURCES section with tools on how to help yourself or someone else.
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