Finding the words can be the hardest part of reaching out to someone. You don’t need to be a mental health expert to say things effectively, though. Speaking as your authentic self is enough. If you’re looking for some ideas for what to say, many Emotional Support Humans use these phrases.
It’s OK if long—or even awkward—pauses fill your conversation. Embrace it. For many, that is a place of healing, processing, and a moment to take deep breaths.
Be open minded. Be ready to listen. Be a patient Support Human.
Remember, just because you started the conversation doesn’t mean you can’t include others in it. If someone needs more support than you’re able to offer, seek a professional for help. Find local mental health resources here.Download these tips (PDF)