How to help someone else?

It can be hard knowing how to help if someone is down or anxious. When people are going through a hard time, we don’t always know what to say. A lot of the time, people just need someone to listen and not judge. If you can take the step to ask questions (check in with someone) and listen closely to what they are saying, it can really help us feel connected, validated, and acknowledged. Sometimes, it may be important to encourage loved ones to seek professional help. You can’t make someone talk – but you can be present. If you notice a change in behaviour, or things that seem risky, it is especially important to reach out for professional advice. Breaking the silence is key in helping others to make a full recovery. Sadly, there is still a stigma in the Cayman Islands about seeking support – despite all the research showing that promoting good coping skills can have a profound impact on management day to day. You might find it helpful to decide whether ‘check ins’ are helpful – usually asking what the other person needs can help you unlock the decision of what to do to help. Sometimes, people need space to process difficult things, but everyone always benefits from a caring ear – if you do give space, remember to advise that you are still here. Always remember to look after yourself if you are supporting someone else.

Counselling for Children (Minors)

If you are worried about your child, remember to listen, offer love and support, and remember that children and teens are just learning to regulate their emotions. They will need support to seek therapy and may not understand what they are going through. Helping them to understand their symptoms is important. If you are worried about your child, you can reach out to organise an appointment with a therapist. Speak to school and see how they are getting on. Therapy helps young people work through hard issues without judgement and in an impartial space. It is about building resiliency and trusting that it is OK to be open with emotions. Therapy is a way to gain better coping without medications. Family therapy or parent support may also be options which can help in a sustainable way. Client confidentiality is an important aspect of counselling, and this will be discussed at a first session, or please feel free to contact us.

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Can you make someone get help
with their mental health?