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I Got My Sister's Back

How To Support Loved Ones With Mental Illness
Living with mental illness is no easy task. One may often feel ostrasized and alone, which is why it's so important that we have our sister's back. Being there for someone with depression, biopolar disorder, and other illnesses, can be intimidating--like not knowing the right thing to say or do. Support, however, couldn't be more simple. (Photo: Plume Creative, Getty)
Sit them down and have a conversation
The first step in loving on someone with mental illness is simply letting them know you are there for them and care about their well being. Sit your loved one down and let them know you are concerned for them. Ask them what you can do to support them. You'd be surprised just how much those simple words can help them on their road to recovery. (Photo: Jason Doiy, Getty Images)
Encourage them to seek professional help
Speaking with family and friends can only do so much. A person living with mental illness must always have the direction and support of a mental health professional. Encourage your loved one to seek help from a licensed professional or psychiatrist. Though getting them to seek treatment can be difficult, pushing them in the right direction is key. (Photo: Leonora Hamill, Getty Images)
Keep them keep up a schedule
Someone battling mental illness may often feel overwhelmed and unable to complete daily routines. Help your loved one by encouraging them to keep up with their schedule--particularly when that schedule includes visits to their therapist and taking their medication. Motivate them to do things they enjoy like a morning run or writing in their diary. (Photo: John Slater, Getty Images)
Encourage a healthy lifestyle
Nothing does the body better than participating in a healthy lifestyle. Yoga, spin cycle and other fitness outlets are great ways to find inner peace and solace despite the emotional or psychological turmoil one may be experiencing. Support your loved one by encouraging them to get out there and get active. (Photo: PeopleImages.com, Getty Images)
Go out and have fun
Living with mental illness doesn't mean a girl can't have fun. Normalcy is clutch for those battling depression or any other illnesses. The best thing you can do is continue the things you always enjoyed like painting the town on a night of fun. Go out to dinner, go dancing. Whatever it takes, do it. It makes the world of difference. (Photo: Plume Creative, Getty)

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