Counseling & Psychological Services

Helping Others

Talking with someone that is experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, or feeling overwhelmed can be stressful and uncomfortable. Yet having a person that listens and cares is one of the things we want the most when we feel so bad.

Consider these steps when you are in a situation to help another person:

  • LISTEN...don't rush to fix, advise, correct, or disagree
  • EMPATHIZE...reflect what's heard and what it would be like to be in their situation
  • NORMALIZE...refer to the normal needs everyone has during stressful times

To address these situations most effectively in the future, spend a few moments now thinking about what you would do if you were talking with someone that was considering suicide or to someone that could benefit from counseling.

Give us a call at CAPS for additional consultation.