Talking about feelings is difficult for most people, but especially so for our generation and those older than us. But if someone you care about is struggling, you may be the person who can help them find their way out of the darkness.
As the “tough it out” generation, many of us have no experience talking about our worries and feelings and may have never done so in the past. Some may worry about what people will think if they start spouting off about themselves; some wouldn’t dare impose their troubles on someone else; and others are afraid to show any signs of weakness or “not coping”.
Does this sound like anyone you know?
Opening up a conversation about anxiety or depression with a friend, acquaintance or family member can be awkward, but it can make an enormous difference to their lives. As the man in the video below says, every minute spent in the dark hole is a waste.
Here are some conversation tips, starters and phrases, as recommended by BeyondBlue, that can help you get the conversation started.
This video explains why it’s so important to reach out to people you care about who seems to be struggling.
Have you ever reached out to someone who is depressed or anxious? What tips can you add?