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How to help
At the personal level
The best way to help is to learn more about mental health.” Mental Health First Aid” is an excellent course that helps to understand and identify the signs, symptoms, risks and resources that can help people struggling with mental health challenges. The Orange County office of National Alliance for Mental Illness offers free classes to people with mental health challenges, and their loved ones, by teaching about these disorders, including how to seek help, provide support and acquire resources.
Another important thing you can do is to practice compassion, patience and acceptance of yourself. This will improve your ability to help others facing mental health challenges and can help you overcome the stigma of mental illness and ask for help if you are concerned you may have a mental illness. Asking for help is the first active step towards recovery, an important one. Please be kind to yourself, don’t be alone, and let a compassionate person help, family, friend or professional.
At the community level
Empower your loved ones, and others challenged by mental illness, by encouraging them to advocate for consumer directed, family inclusive services, services that meet their needs. When mental health challenges impair their ability to speak for themselves, become their advocate to assure that appropriate services are accessible and available. Encourage policy makers to allocate appropriate funding to community based mental health services, especially accessible culturally and linguistically competent mental health services, providers and reso
At the family level
Become more aware and compassionate of the challenges facing your loved one who may be experiencing mental illness. Learn how you can help, including how to manage your own feelings, expectations, sense of loss and isolation. Getting family information about mental illness demonstrates your compassion for your loved one, teaches how you can provide effective support, and helps you connect to other families who are facing the same life challenges. Your willingness to have a caring conversation with your loved one is an effective way to empower them and help them to get needed services.
urces. Encourage compassionate dialogue about mental illness in community settings and activities and discuss the strengths and heroism of the many people who live successfully in the community despite mental health challenges. Be a partner for wellness, social justice and social inclusion, rights we all want.