Helpful Vs Unhelpful things to say to someone experiencing a mental health problem

Confiding strong feelings and sharing personal details about your mental health with a friend or family member can take alot of courage and energy.

The BelievePerform team look at the positive and empathetic ways you can provide support, as well as examples of what you can say if you find yourself in the position where somone shares their mental health difficulties with you.

In this infographic we examine helpful vs unhelpful things to say to someone experiencing a mental health problem.

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  • How can I help you?
  • I will help you get through this.
  • Take as long as long as you need.
  • I am here for you.
  • Would you like to meet up?
  • Do you need some time and space?
  • I am here to listen to you.
  • We can work through this.
  • Everything is going to be okay.
  • This feeling won’t last forever.
  • You aren’t a burden.


  • You need to get out more.
  • Just snap out of this.
  • There is nothing wrong with you.
  • You are always so negative.
  • Things could be so much worse.
  • It’s all in your mind.
  • Stop always complaining.
  • It’s your own fault.
  • Things aren’t that bad.
  • Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
  • I always knew you had a problem.
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