How to Be There For Others
Say What You See
Even if you can’t talk in person, you can check in and be open about the changes you’ve noticed in their behavior. Don’t make assumptions or judge. Be straightforward and ask how much they’re feeling amongst all this uncertainty.
Show You Care
Let them know you’re there for them and that you care about what they need. Then, ask what you can do to help. Scheduling check-ins or sending them something cheerful can go a long way.
Hear Them Out
Remember that this is about them. It’s ok if there’s an awkward pause in your conversation. Give them the space to be honest about how they’re feeling. It’s okay if they don’t want to talk, just let them know you’re around if they do.
Know Your Role
Your job is to be their friend, not their therapist. Let them know that their feelings are valid and avoid sugarcoating your responses.
Connect to Help
Help them schedule an online check-in with their therapist, share digital resources or research options. If they’re in a crisis, stay connected with them until they’re safe and a health professional takes over.
Remember, these are just tips. Supporting someone means constantly educating yourself. To learn more head to https://bethere.org/Home.