Here For You | Do More
Share the Pledge, press pause and color one of our Here For You coloring sheets, or make a donation in honor of a friend whose mental health you value enough to say, “I’m #HereForYou!”
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Be Ready | Mental Health Resources
Use the resources below to prepare for responding to mental health struggles with our V-A-R conversation guide, tips on what to expect when offering help, and referral resources to consider if someone is having more than a bad day.
It can be challenging to know exactly what to say when someone tells you they are stressed, having a difficult day, are in pain, or have a mental health need. For many people, feeling supported is just what they need.
Active Minds suggests an approach that includes 3 V-A-R Steps so you’ll know what to say and do in those moments. A conversation that includes the elements of Validate-Appreciate-Refer is one that allows you to actively listen to someone you care about and help them cope. A conversation with you could make all the difference and prevent a crisis from developing later.
With V-A-R, Active Minds lets everyone know that someone doesn’t need to be in a crisis to seek help; you don’t have to be an expert to provide help; and help can come in many different forms. Being there for someone in a moment of need is what it’s all about.
It can be as simple as saying, “I believe you,” and “I’m here for you.”
If you are worried someone may be considering suicide, find support immediately by texting “BRAVE” to 741-741. Stay with them until they are safe.