10 Things You Should Not Say to Someone With a Mental Illness

These are some statements that should probably be avoided when speaking to someone with a mental illness or in a situation that causes them to have feelings of hopelessness.  It is crucial for people to understand that the stigma around mental illness strongly influences our responses to family members or friends struggling.  I am not an expert, but it might help to give suggestions about better ways to handle these moments.  Basically I am trying to protect you from being called a huge doucher behind your back…you can thank me later.

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