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Dr. Kamal Gautam

Reviewed by Dr. Kamal Gautam, MBBS(KU), MD Psych (IOM), Currently working at Transcultural Psychological Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal)

Supporting loved ones with mental health challenges is an important aspect of mental health and well-being. Recent research has shown that social support can have a significant impact on the mental health of individuals with mental illnesses. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that providing social support to individuals with mental illnesses can lead to a reduction in symptoms and an overall improvement in their quality of life (Suetani et al., 2021).

Some ways to support loved ones with mental health challenges include:

A. Educate yourself about their condition: Learning about the symptoms and treatment options for your loved one’s mental illness can help you understand their experience and provide more effective support.

B. Be a good listener: Sometimes all your loved one may need is someone to listen to them without judgment or criticism. Try to offer an open ear and show empathy.

C. Encourage treatment: Encouraging your loved one to seek professional treatment can be a difficult conversation, but it is important to express your concern for their well-being and offer support in finding appropriate resources.

D. Offer practical help: Tasks that may seem simple, such as preparing meals or running errands, can be challenging for individuals with mental health issues. Offering practical assistance can be a great way to show support.

E. Avoid stigma and judgment: Mental health stigma and judgment can prevent individuals from seeking treatment and support. Be mindful of your language and avoid using derogatory terms or perpetuating negative stereotypes.

Supporting loved ones with mental health challenges can be a challenging and emotional journey. It is important to remember that you do not have to go through it alone. Seeking out support from a mental health professional, support group, or trusted friend or family member can also be helpful.


  • Suetani, S., Kisely, S., & Siskind, D. J. (2021). The effectiveness of social support interventions for people with severe mental illness: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89(4), 303-317. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000651