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Be Ready | Mental Health Resources

Collectively, we are experiencing a moment of crisis and the time has never been more pressing to check in on each other, and to be a contact for our loved ones to turn to if they need support right now — especially the young adults in our lives. 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.”

Alison Malmon

Lindsey Morgan

Ignacio Serricchio

Courtney Burke

Mental Health America

Becky Fein

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.