How do we stop stigma? Conversation. Try these simple tips for talking.

Do Say
  • "Thanks for opening up to me."

  • "Is there anything I can do to help?"

  • "How can I help?"

  • "Thanks for sharing."

  • "I'm sorry to hear that. It must be tough."

  • "I'm here for you when you need me."

  • "I can't imagine what you're going through."

  • "People do get better."

  • "Oh man, that sucks."

  • "Can I drive you to an appointment?"

  • "How are you feeling today?"

  • "I love you."

Don't Say
  • "It could be worse."

  • "Just deal with it."

  • "Snap out of it."

  • "Everyone feels that way sometimes."

  • "You may have brought this on yourself."

  • "We've all been there."

  • "You've got to pull yourself together."

  • "Maybe try thinking happier thoughts."

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