Sometimes just listening is enough. Other times, we can do more. Consider these tips to keep the conversation going.
Appreciate the small ways your support brightens someone’s day. Having a friend take you up on that offer for a coffee date is a win. Celebrate it!
When you become more familiar with their symptoms, you can better understand their experience.
Order a special treat, or enjoy a movie or book together.
As an emotional support human, you are not a therapist. Suggesting they talk to a mental health professional can be one of the most important ways you provide support.
Remind them that it’s okay to take a break and to focus on their own needs. Ask them how they like to recharge and invite them to brainstorm ways that work for them. Maybe it’s a spa day, road trip, or streaming marathon. If they prefer taking a break with friends rather than solo activities, offer to join them on a day off to refresh.
You’ve reached out and hung out. It’s about continuing to show up. A small gesture at a time over a long period builds trust. It shows they matter.
Across our community, other emotional support humans are showing up for their loved ones every day. Join us in this growing movement.
Even if they don't feel like joining, let them know they're welcome.
Offer to help with chores, like picking up groceries or taking their pet for a walk.
Offer them a ride to an upcoming appointment or join them on the bus.
Show up for others by advocating for mental health services in our community.
Offer to make a favorite meal or tasty dessert. You can enjoy it together or just drop it off.
If they need a mental health professional, you can help them research.
Think about chores you can realistically help with, like mowing the yard or bringing over a meal.
You know the person you care about. Build on that relationship and reach out.