People with mental health disabilities look like anyone else. You won’t know that the person has a mental health disability unless you’re informed of it. But if someone is experiencing diﬃculty in controlling their symptoms or is in a crisis, you may need to help out. Be calm and professional and let the person tell you how you can best help.
Here are some suggestions to help you interact with people with mental health disabilities:
- Treat people with a mental health disability with the same respect and consideration you have for everyone else.
- Be conﬁdent and reassuring and listen to persons with a mental health disability and their needs.
- If someone appears to be in a crisis, ask him or her to tell you the best way to help.
- Take the person with a mental health disability seriously, and work with them to meet their needs.