How to Talk to People About Your Mental Illness

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How to Talk to People About Your Mental Illness

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have lived with a mental illness for years, talking about your mental illness can be difficult. If you’ve decided that you’d like to open up about your mental health, here are some tips to make it easier.

Tips for Talking to People About Your Mental Illness

Plan what you want to say. What is the main reason you’re talking about this, and what do you hope will happen? Choose your words and information accordingly.

Stick to facts. What are the symptoms and effects of your mental health disorder (many people don’t know)? How is it affecting you? What are you doing for treatment? How can the person support you?

Ask for questions. Even the most supportive friends and family may have questions. Think of the questions not as an attack on you but as an opportunity to communicate.

Of course, practice self-care afterwards. Whether the conversation flows smoothly and stress-free or it is difficult and awkward, you might feel drained when it’s over. Talking about your mental illness isn’t easy. Celebrate and de-stress by doing something to boost your mental health. Watch a movie with the people you’ve just talked to, take a bath, do some yoga, meditate, read a book, color or draw—anything healthy that you enjoy. And pat yourself on the back for having the courage to open up.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you’ve talked to people about your mental illness, in what ways has it been helpful? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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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.


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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.


Mental Health Quote

"Your feelings are valid. You have the right to feel whatever you feel. You aren’t exaggerating. You aren't being sensitive. You aren’t being dramatic. You’re hurting, and that’s okay."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, March 5). How to Talk to People About Your Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 20 from

Last Updated: March 7, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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