How To Have A Conversation About Mental Health

Do’s and Dont’s


  • Listen without judgement
  • Ask “How can I Help You”
  • Let them know you care
  • Validate their feelings
  • Let them you want to hear-they are not burden
  • Listen with the intention , not to fix
  • Ask when you have time to listen
  • Be patient
  • Keep in touch even if you get no response
  • Empathize


  • Don’t interrupt or speak over
  • Don’t tell them how they should feel
  • Don’t jump in with solution
  • Don’t belittle their feelings
  • Don’t pressure them to speak
  • Don’t tell them the illness or feelings they have are a choice
  • Don’t say you just need to …..(its not that simple)
  • Don’t leave them out
  • Don’t be scared to speak about feelings
  • Don’t be critical or blaming.