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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 1 of 14:  Mental health problems - most commonly depression, anxiety, and drug use - are some of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. In fact, in the past week, it is estimated that one in six people have experienced an issue with their mental health. It's likely either you personally or someone close to you has come up against a mental health problem. But unfortunately, we are not always well equipped to know what to do or what to say. Sometimes it will be obvious that someone is struggling, but other times the signs will be a lot more subtle. According to the Mental Health Foundation, sometimes you don't actually need to know. "It's more important to respond sensitively to someone who seems troubled than to find out whether or not they have a diagnosis," the foundation says on its website. It's also really important you don't minimise the other person's experience in any way, which many people can do without realising. Sometimes, by trying to give advice or be helpful, the friends and family of someone with a mental health problem can do more harm than good. Therapist and psychologist Perpetua Neo spoke to Business Insider about what you shouldn't say to someone who is struggling with their mental health. Here are the main topics and phrases to avoid.

Mental health problems - most commonly depression, anxiety, and drug use - are some of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. In fact, in the past week, it is estimated that one in six people have experienced an issue with their mental health.

It's likely either you personally or someone close to you has come up against a mental health problem. But unfortunately, we are not always well equipped to know what to do or what to say.

Sometimes it will be obvious that someone is struggling, but other times the signs will be a lot more subtle. According to the Mental Health Foundation, sometimes you don't actually need to know.

"It's more important to respond sensitively to someone who seems troubled than to find out whether or not they have a diagnosis," the foundation says on its website.

It's also really important you don't minimise the other person's experience in any way, which many people can do without realising. Sometimes, by trying to give advice or be helpful, the friends and family of someone with a mental health problem can do more harm than good.

Therapist and psychologist Perpetua Neo spoke to Business Insider about what you shouldn't say to someone who is struggling with their mental health. Here are the main topics and phrases to avoid.

The Samaritans offer support and advice to people feeling suicidal or vulnerable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their website is http://www.samaritans.org, email address jo@samaritans.org or call free on 116 123.

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