The truth is, there’s not a lot of information out there about how to help someone with mental illness get through their crisis.
That’s a reality that’s borne out by the latest research from the National Institute of Mental Health and a study from The Conversation.
It’s not uncommon for the stigma around mental health to persist, so it’s easy to feel like you have to “be a hero” or make an intervention for someone.
But mental health professionals say that stigma can be lifted if people know how to use the services and know how they can help.
“The fact that people don’t know how or what they’re supposed to do to help is a real obstacle to getting better,” said Dr David Stirling, the director of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Excellence in Mental Health.
“We’re not going to find anyone who’s going to come up with the perfect solution, but there’s a lot we can do that can actually help people.”
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