“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about a mental health struggle, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club.” — Prince Harry
Even though we're talking more about mental illness these days, the truth is, many people have no idea how to talk with someone who has mental illness.
People with mental illness hear a lot of conflicting messages. There are some things people say that cause more harm than good and can be minimizing, insulting and downright disrespectful. Your messages can also bring hope, encouragement, inspiration and the will to keep going.
For decades I've lived with loved ones who have persistant and serious mental illness. This journey has taught me a few things about what others do and do NOT want to hear.
What to NOT say:
What to say:
Every person deserves to live a healthy and happy life. Just like any other illness, it takes a whole team to help someone recover. The journey is long, and the love can be stronger!
There’s something we can do.
A team of Love Agents will write love notes on Wed., March 2nd from 1-3 pm. Another group will meet from 5-7 pm. Also, we're sending Love Box kits. We can provide a family a glimmer of hope, so they know they're not alone, they are worthy, and that people care about them.
Will you offer caregivers and friends support when they are at their most vulnerable?
Will you give a gift of your heart? Will you share your love in a love note or with a Love Box kit? These friends need someone to show them they're not alone and that they are loved.
Please let me know if you want to join us or gather a group of friends or co-workers to write notes.
Here's to HOPE!
Founder, Love Box Foundation
Love Box Kits & Love Notes for Mental Health.
You can gift an Original Love Box kit to a family ($25 each) here: