Giving Mental Health Support: Empowering vs. Enabling
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Giving Mental Health Support: Empowering vs. Enabling
- Empowerment Strengthens Mental Health Recovery
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
To provide mental health support to a loved one or friend is generally very helpful. However, the type of mental health support someone receives makes a difference in his or her recovery.
Here's what I mean. When someone is in the throes of a mental health crisis, it's natural to want to make their problems disappear. Sometimes, people readily jump in to remove obstacles, fix, and make things as easy as possible for the person they care about. Such help is known as enabling. With enabling, people try to make healing possible for someone but they do all of the work (Enabling Versus Helping an Addicted Loved One). This can quickly become frustrating for all involved and removes the opportunity for the loved one to take charge of his/her own mental health recovery.
Empowering someone is different than enabling the person. Empowering lends appropriate assistance and support without taking responsibility for the person's recovery. Empowering supports in order to build someone up and help them regain a sense of control over their life. Empowering is motivating, and it leads to self-confidence and autonomy.
The best mental health support involves empowerment. Think of it this way, the support you can provide from behind (rather than pulling from the front) in order to help the person take charge of their own mental health is a great way to empower someone.
Related Articles Dealing with Mental Health Support, Empowering and Enabling
- Twelve Things To Do if Your Loved One Has Bipolar, Depression, or Some Other Mood Disorder
- Supporting the Mentally Ill: Best Things to Say
- How To Help and Support Someone with Depression
- The Difference Between Enabling and Supporting a PTSD Survivor
Today's Question: If you’ve experienced mental health challenges, what kind of support have you found to be the most helpful? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Benefits of Being Angry
- Anxiety and Overthinking Everything
- Depression Treatment: Outpatient vs. Inpatient
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Coping Skills for Borderlines Experiencing Extreme Emotions
- Why Mindfulness Doesn’t Help My Bipolar Disorder
- Common Transgender Myths People Believe
- Withdrawal Symptoms From Stimulants, Marijuana, Hallucinogens
- 15 Ways to Break Up With Your Body Image Issues
- Depression and Addiction: What to Do about Dual Diagnosis
- Getting Things Done with Depression: Finding Brain Space
- Summertime Mental Illness Stigma
- Stressed, Anxious When Things Are Good? 4 Ways to Handle It
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Others in PTSD Recovery
- Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Is Not a One-Time Event
- Shift Your Mindset from Scarcity to Abundance
- Bipolar Mom: You Are a Superhero
- What Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder Feels Like
- Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder in College
- Three Safe Coping Skills in Eating Disorder Recovery
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- A Study Has Found That PTSD Patients With A Larger Hippocampus Are More Likely To Respond To Exposure-Based Therapy
- Father's Age, Drinking Impacts Offspring Development, Say Researchers
- Cancer Patients With Depression Less Likely To Recover Well After Treatment
- Maternal Stress And Depression During Pregnancy May Activate Certain Protective Mechanisms In Babies
- Online Therapy Effective At Treating Depression And Anxiety
- An Out Of Control Immune System Has Been Identified As A Possible Cause Of Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Children Of Depressed Parents At High Risk Of Adverse Consequences Into Adulthood
- PTSD Linked To Low Levels Of Fat Hormone
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
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- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 03 June 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD