How to Help Someone in Emotional Crisis.


Watching someone go through an emotional crisis can be painful and leave you feeling helpless. This is true whether that person is facing a particularly difficult immediate circumstance or is struggling with mental illness. Still, as you may have discovered, simply giving of yourself can be very helpful, even if you can’t solve the problem. Offering an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on, and allowing your heart to break a little alongside theirs, can help lighten someone’s emotional load and give them the assurance that they’re not alone. Truly giving of yourself in this way is far from easy, so you may find it helpful to get guidance, such as what is offered by emotional CPR (eCPR). The first step is to help a loved one in crisis feel safe. Here’s how you can help right now:

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