Be patience. I know it is hard for all of you as well, but it is important to be patient with them. They did not choose this and can’t change it overnight, some can’t change it all. These things take time.
Talk to them. Have a chat about how this is making you feel and ask what you can do to help. Sometimes they won’t want to talk so if you establish what they need from you then you can provide that without forcing them to engage in conversation. If you are struggling as well then talk to them about it. It is good to have an open conversation between you.
Ask questions. It’s hard to understand something you have never experienced so don’t be afraid to ask about things. However be aware if the person is low or has had a bad day than they may be less likely to talk, so try again another time.
Always remember that if things go bad you are not to blame. There will be good and bad times, and do not take it personally if it becomes bad. It is not your fault.
Take care of yourself. Don’t forget to look after yourself as well. You can’t help someone with mental health illness if you are not looking after yourself as well. Also it is just good practice to look after yourself and understand what you need.
Hope this helps. Obviously every situation is unique so it is just a case of finding what works for you and the person you are supporting. I know that it is hard not only the person suffering with mental health issue but for the people around them. Let me know if you have any other tips in the comments and I hope you have a great day.
See you next time