It's estimated that one in four people in America has a mental health issue at some time in their lives. Yet, even though it's so common, nobody wants to talk about it — either their own or anyone else's.
That's too bad, because talking can often reduce the fear, shame and anger people might feel towards someone suffering with mental illness, and go a long way towards helping the sufferer feel better too.
Is there someone you need to start a conversation with? Here are some tips.
Plan a good time.
Right in the middle of a busy day is not the moment to suddenly say, "I have something important to tell you about myself" or "I've noticed you seem really down/stressed/angry lately." Pick a time when both of you will have at least 30 minutes for uninterrupted talk.
Be prepared for a discouraging reaction.
Many people are extremely uncomfortable talking about mental health, or may be in denial about their own situation. They might push you away with, "you're...