Maintain Open Communication About Mental Illness

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Talking about mental illness is very important, but it’s often difficult. Here are 3 tips to encourage open communication at HealthyPlace

Maintain Open Communication About Mental Illness

Open communication about mental illness is important, but it's often difficult (Talking to Others About Your Mental Illness). When someone in your life, whether it's you or someone you care about, is newly diagnosed with a mental illness, life can be stressful. Behaviors can seem irrational, and it can feel like everyone is on an endless, wild roller coaster. Physical and emotional exhaustion are common. An effective way to reduce stress and create calm is to communicate openly.

The chance to talk and to feel heard are basic needs we all have. Use these tips to encourage open communication:

  • Use words intentionally. What you say has a big impact on others, so consider your words carefully before you utter them.
  • Watch how you say things. If you're frustrated, take a few moments to breathe deeply, gather your thoughts, and think about your tone before you speak.
  • Avoid asking "why" ("Why did you do that?" or "Why don't you get off the couch and take a walk?"). Wanting understand each other is good; however, asking "why" questions can sound hostile and accusatory. Instead, try phrases such as, "Help me understand..." or "I hear you saying...."

Open communication increases understanding, empathy, and cooperation. While tricky, it's possible and worth the effort.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you successfully communicate with people about mental illness, whether your own or a loved one’s? 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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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Functionality as the Measure of Quality of Life in Bipolar
  2. PTSD and Fatigue: Is It Normal to Feel So Tired?
  3. Depression – I’d Rather Be Sleeping

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.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

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.


Stand Up for Mental Health

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+.


Latest Mental Health News

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  • Language Learning Boosts Brain Plasticity And Ability To Code New Information
  • Activating Dopamine Neurons Could Turn Off Binge-Like Eating Behavior
  • ADHD Associated With Unhealthy Diet In Pregnancy
  • Study Finds Heart Infections Increasing Among Younger Injection Drug Users

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, September 15). Maintain Open Communication About Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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