Talking To Your Family About Your Mental Health

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Talking about mental health can be extremely difficult, especially when opening up to those closest to us.

Even though it can be uncomfortable, it’s important to speak with your family about your mental health so they can support you where possible.

If you’re ready to have that conversation, this post will help you with how to begin.

How To Have The Conversation

Opening up is not easy.

However, you’ve done the hardest part which is accepting your mental health and now you feel ready to let your loved ones know.

Remember, your family will not judge you and talking about your mental health will help you as well as them.

But where do you begin?

1. Know Your “Ask”

Before having a conversation, consider what your objective is and what you’d like to get out of it.

For instance, do you want them to support you? Do you want them to offer advice or just simply listen?

Understand your “ask” so you can have a structured conversation.

2. Be Specific 

It’s important that you’re specifically honest about the impact your mental health has had on your life.

One reason being, if you’re direct and clear about what you’re feeling, it can be easier for the other person to understand.

Therefore, be precise and avoid being vague about what makes you feel uneasy to help them support you.

Where To Have The Conversation

When you do feel ready to have these conversations, it’s important to be in an environment where you feel comfortable.

And, if you need to change settings between each person, do so.

This could include:

1. Location

Ensure the location you pick is accessible for both of you. 

You’ll already be feeling a bit nervous about having this chat, you don’t want location to add extra stress or pressure.
Moreover, consider factors such as noise and space to eliminate possible distractions.

2. Time

Consider how long you’d like the conversation to go on for. 

Of course, there are no time limits, but make sure whichever location you choose that you will not be under time constraints.

3. Privacy 

Are you comfortable talking about your mental health in a public setting?

If not, it might not be a good idea to meet in a coffee shop.

Instead, you could pick somewhere quiet to have a picnic or a different room at home.

Regardless, have a conversation where privacy can be controlled.

Finishing Thoughts 

Having conversations about your mental health can be a struggle.

Though for some, it’s always better to talk about it with family rather than keeping it bottled in.

Always remember, it’s OK to ask for help!

For more information, get in touch today.

In the meantime, check our page for the Court of Protection Solicitors.

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