(verb) bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.
Mental health is not a linear experience, it is a human experience.
Like a meandering river with relentless ebbs and flows, for many, emotional health can feel unpredictable, disempowering and at times, ruthlessly engulfing. At its worst, poor mental health can feel like an isolating melancholia, free from the poetic and wistful beauty that it often accompanies within its artistic portrayals.
just being their is often enough
Above all, the most important thing you can do is show empathy and understanding. Let’s root for each other. Especially on the days where positive outlooks are hard to find.
It is easy to become caught up in our own lives, sometimes forgetting to check in on friends for weeks at a time. Engage! Do not wait for people to contact you, try to be present. Reinforce the idea that you are there when they need you.
SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
From a surprise call, gift or simply sharing a meme that lets your friend know you are thinking of them, a small gesture can nurture connection and provide a moment of unexpected light, in an otherwise dark day.
Not everybody is comfortable with emotional intimacy and that’s okay. Focussing your interactions on mutual topics of interest like film, sports or music, or creating joint plans for the future can provide a distracting respite from their internal clutter.
LESSEN THE LOAD
Depression in particular can impact day-to-day activities. Simply eating and cleaning can feel like a colossal challenge. Organising a weekly shop or cooking a few meals can take an incredible weight off of their shoulders.
Surround yourself with positivity.
You want to surround yourself with people who you love, who you are inspired by and who you can look at and think, ‘wow – they’re great and that’s why they’re in my life.’