I hope you’re all doing well. I wanted to start a discussion about conversation starters for those of us who are supporting friends or loved ones with mental health issues. It can sometimes be challenging to know how to approach sensitive topics or just engage in a meaningful conversation that can uplift someone’s spirits. Here are some conversation starters that I’ve found helpful:
“How are you feeling today?” - A simple and genuine question that shows you care about their well-being. Make sure to listen attentively to their response.
“I’m here to listen if you ever want to talk.” - Sometimes, just knowing that someone is there to listen without judgment can be a huge relief.
“What’s been on your mind lately?” - Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings, and let them know you’re interested in what’s going on with them.
“I noticed you’ve been through a lot recently. Do you want to talk about it?” - Acknowledging their struggles can open the door to meaningful discussions.
These conversation starters can be helpful to open up a deeper topic for the person and it’s crucial to approach these conversations with empathy, patience, and a non-judgmental attitude
Every individual’s experience with mental health is unique, so be flexible and adapt your approach based on their needs. If they don’t want to talk, respect their boundaries, but let them know you’re available when they are ready
Some points to ponder:
- Do you have any conversation starters that you’d usually use?
- What are some of your favourite ways to start a conversation? How do you usually check-in with your friends?**
Please feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, or additional conversation starters that have worked for you!