How To Become An Advocate For The Mentally Ill

Is learning about how to become an advocate for the mentally ill something that is calling your heart? That's good. People who suffer from mental illness are not easy to deal with, but they need someone to be there for them in spite of that. Here are some ways to learn how:

  1. Remember that every mentally ill person is someone's mom, father, cousin, friend, sister, brother and so on. No matter how hard they are to deal with.
  2. They are people too.  It may not be the best idea to share certain things with someone who is mentally ill, but certainly on some level we can still relate as people. We all get our feelings hurt, we all don't like stress and so on.
  3. It would be nice if psychiatrists handled more things related to people who are mentally ill in a dangerous situation than police do. Or if they worked together as a team. Violence is rarely the answer.
  4. Consider studying different mental illnesses to inform and educate yourself on what mentally ill people are dealing with. Learning about mental illness may even give you an edge on being able to understand someone better.
  5. Encourage others to learn more about mental illnesses and how to work with someone or along side someone who is mentally ill rather than just locking them up or mocking them due to not understanding their situation.
  6. Know that some mental illnesses are brought on by traumatic events from childhood.

These are just a few basic suggestions on ways to become an advocate for the mentally ill. I'm sure there are numerous other ways. The severity of mental illness plays a big part in understanding how mental illness works too. Some people need medication, while other mentally ill people can cope by techniques they may have learned from a psychiatrist. Everyone's situation is going to be different. What is not different is the need to stand up with mentally ill people and work with them–being helpful, not allowing put downs or looking down on them. Making sure they have helpful resources to help them and their families live life to the best they can while dealing with mental illness.

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