How to start the conversation of mental illness

Be Nice

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we are continuing to shine a light on be nice action plan and how it helps to tackle to topic of mental illness. Last week, we talked about changes you can notice in someone’s behavior or personality. Now it’s time to talk about those changes you’ve noticed in a loving and caring way.

Here’s a few ways to approach the person you are concerned about:

  • “I’ve noticed [blank], I’m worried about you…” etc.
  • “You really haven’t seemed like yourself lately. Are you feeling okay? Is there anything I can do to help?
  • “I’ve noticed you’ve stopped [blank], which you used to love. You seem to be isolating yourself. Is everything okay?”
  • “You really haven’t seemed like yourself lately and it seems like you could be struggling with your mental health. I’m not an expert, but I’m happy to stay by your side so we can figure this out together.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, the next step is to get professionals involved. West Michigan has many resources and we are very fortunate to have a mental health hospital, like Forest View, in our area.

Something many people may not realize is that Forest View offers free mental health assessments, 24/7. If you or someone you know is in immediate need of assistance. Forest View is an option.

You can invite yourself to make an impact in your community by signing up to Stomp Out Stigma with the Mental Health Foundation on Saturday, May 18th. Gathering begins in the GVSU Seward Parking Lot at 8 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

  • May 8 & 9 – Tulip Time Parade
  • May 14 – Empowered Women, Empowering Women
  • May 16 – Yoga on the Rooftop – Plaza Apartments
  • May 18 – Stomp Out Stigma 
  • May 18 – Nonprofit Night at Berlin Raceway

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