Mental Health: Discussions to Have NOW

Taking care of mental health issues now is vital to obtaining a healthier, happier life. If you or a loved one struggles with mental health issues, it's important to remember that there is hope. Instead of letting life bring you down, take the necessary steps to recovery.

Understand and Accept the Issue

It can be challenging to live with depression and suicidal thoughts. Getting angry or upset will only exacerbate these issues. Accepting the issue might bring peace of mind more quickly. Spirituality may help a person be calmer and reach a new understanding. Consider doing spiritual techniques such as prayer, meditation, or yoga on a regular basis. Educating oneself leads to empowerment. Become a stronger person by reading books or by asking a therapist for tips. Don't let mental health issues steal your life from you.

How to Help a Loved One

When someone isn't capable of getting help on their own, they need someone else to do it for them. The problem won't solve itself. There are plenty of online resources to help others with depression. Websites like WebMD,, and have useful resources about how to deal with depression. Reaching out to someone who struggles with their mental health is possibly the best thing you could do for them. You can help a suicidal person release pent-up emotions by asking them questions to allow them to express their feelings. Be careful to be open and understanding when they choose to confide in you.

Don't Just "Tough It Out"

You don't have to make things harder on yourself or someone else by "toughing it out." This is a dangerous stance to take because it can cause symptoms to worsen. A suicidal person is a danger to themselves and needs help. Someone with depression might spiral out of control if left to their own devices. Seek the solace of a friend or family member. You can also call a free hotline if you have no one to speak to. There are a variety of resources available to you depending on how comfortable you are pursuing them. You can go to therapy, seek support groups, or even gain a therapeutic companion to help you through loneliness, depression, or anxiety. There are people that care if you search for them. There are always reasons to keep living, to keep trying, and to look forward to tomorrow.

Seek Help if Needed

Depression and suicidal thoughts can lead to anorexia, binge eating, self-harm, or death among other serious issues. Take addictive behaviors seriously—they can threaten your life if left untreated. Though you might use them to cope by drowning out your bad feelings, they ultimately create chemical dependencies that distance you from your loved ones. If you’re addicted to a substance or behavior, you need to get help, possibly even rehab if necessary. Life may become too difficult to handle. Seek the advice of a trusted therapist if necessary for you or your loved one.

Try reaching out to someone with depression or suicidal thoughts and maybe you'll save a valuable life. Practicing empathy towards others is the right thing to do. Don't forget to love yourself as well.

Franziska I.