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Continuing the support

Sometimes just listening is enough. Other times, we can do more. Consider these tips to keep the conversation going.

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You don’t have to move mountains.

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!

“Can I better understand your mental health condition?”

When you become more familiar with their symptoms, you can better understand their experience.

Find new ways to spend time together.

Order a special treat, or enjoy a movie or book together.

Know when to defer to a professional.

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.

My friend seems burnt out, what can I do?

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.

Continue to show up.

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.

You are not alone.

Across our community, other emotional support humans are showing up for their loved ones every day. Join us in this growing movement.

Include them in plans.

Even if they don't feel like joining, let them know they're welcome.

"Can I help with a task?"

Offer to help with chores, like picking up groceries or taking their pet for a walk.

"Can I offer you a ride?"

Offer them a ride to an upcoming appointment or join them on the bus.

Be an advocate.

Show up for others by advocating for mental health services in our community.

Make them a meal.

Offer to make a favorite meal or tasty dessert. You can enjoy it together or just drop it off.

Help them find help.

If they need a mental health professional, you can help them research.

Choose your response to common scenarios and practice talking about mental health.

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