Many people don’t know how to appropriately respond when a friend or family member opens up about depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. And, too often, mental illness is a conversation-killer when it needs to be a conversation.
As a potential support to someone with a mental illness, how do you keep the dialogue healthy, helpful, and open when someone you love shares their darker side? Here are a few principles I’ve learned from having been on both sides of the conversation. Hopefully, they help.