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Wanting to Help

Taking action when you fear someone is dealing with mental illness

Wanting to Help

“Know-it-all.” “Bossy.”  “Intrusive.” 

It’s sad, but true. Sometimes our efforts to help are not well received. Whether it’s grandparents giving their kids advice on how to raise their children (those precious grandchildren!), or your neighbor letting you know it’s time to sell the old car you still love to drive, we don’t really like being told what is best for us. That goes double for people who tell us we need to lose weight.

So is minding our own business always the best policy?  Not if we are truly concerned about another person’s well-being, especially their mental health. Acting on concerns about mental illness is daunting. It may seem easier to remain silent and sometimes people do — to their sorrow.

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