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13 things you shouldn't say to someone who is struggling with their mental health

INSIDER Logo By Lindsay Dodgson of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 14:  Someone lives in a nice house, has a good job, and has close friends. From the outside their life is successful and seems perfect, but they still struggle with depression. Neo said it's important not to minimise someone's pain by pointing out how super someone's life is despite their mental health. "Don't tell them things like 'oh but you're rich, you're famous, you're intelligent,' because pain does not discriminate," she said. "And sure, if you are a starving child in Africa with one meal every three days, then your pain sucks, your pain is very different - but that doesn't mean that pain from depression doesn't matter." If someone is suffering from a trauma from an abusive relationship, or is anxious and depressed about their life, comparing them to those who are "worse off" isn't likely to be much of a comfort. Instead, keep in mind that everyone's feeling are valid, no matter how things look from the outside.

1. 'But you're so rich, famous, successful...'

Someone lives in a nice house, has a good job, and has close friends. From the outside their life is successful and seems perfect, but they still struggle with depression. Neo said it's important not to minimise someone's pain by pointing out how super someone's life is despite their mental health.

"Don't tell them things like 'oh but you're rich, you're famous, you're intelligent,' because pain does not discriminate," she said. "And sure, if you are a starving child in Africa with one meal every three days, then your pain sucks, your pain is very different - but that doesn't mean that pain from depression doesn't matter."

If someone is suffering from a trauma from an abusive relationship, or is anxious and depressed about their life, comparing them to those who are "worse off" isn't likely to be much of a comfort. Instead, keep in mind that everyone's feeling are valid, no matter how things look from the outside.

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