How to Effectively Communicate Your Mental Health Needs

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How to Effectively Communicate Your Mental Health Needs

Everyone needs to be heard and understood, to be treated respectfully and supportively. People living with mental illness are no exception, and often, mental illness intensifies those needs. Because mental illness impacts thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, though, communicating mental health needs can be difficult (How to Communicate with Confidence: 7 Steps). Try these tips for effectively communicating your mental health needs.

  1. Be prepared. Before having a conversation with someone, determine exactly what you're asking for; perhaps write it down. This will help you get the right needs met.
  2. Stick to what's important. Rather than presenting someone with a laundry list of needs, choose no more than three things that will help you feel better now.
  3. Frame things positively. Saying, "I love it when we take a walk together in the evenings; can we do it several times a week?" works better than, "I hate that you don't walk with me very much."
  4. Keep emotions in check. Mental illness often creates strong emotions that interfere in effective communication. Be aware when your emotions are becoming turbulent, and take a break.

Last but certainly not least, approach conversations with a give-and-take mentality. Listen the way you want to be listened to, and be supportive like you want, and deserve, to be supported.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, February 1). How to Effectively Communicate Your Mental Health Needs , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: January 9, 2023

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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