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Conversation Starter

, I want to talk to you about

I noticed you have not been acting like yourself lately and want to see if you are okay.  I want you to know I care about you and I am here anytime if you want to talk.

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Tips on how to bring it up

Having conversations about someone's mental health can be awkward. Here are ways that may make these conversations more comfortable and productive.

Location matters

Try and find a quiet location during a time when you will not be distracted.


While we may have ideas of how we want a conversation to play out, it is important to honor individual beliefs and try to accept what they share, even if it does not meet your original expectations.

Don’t argue

It is often not helpful, and sometimes counterproductive, to argue with your loved one about their experiences.


Practice skills of listening which include offering reflections. Share your observations and point out the most noticeable changes you have seen. Inquire about their concerns and share how getting help can address them.

Be hopeful

Although it can be hard when you are worried or concerned, when talking to your loved one do your best to try and instill hope and encouragement, as well as assuredness that the person who is struggling is not alone – that you are there to help them if and when they are ready.

Adjust expectations

Sometimes conversations don’t go as we planned.  Be open to adjusting the flow of the discussion based on the needs of the recipient.

You are not alone

While each experience of psychosis is unique, some people find it helpful to utilize resources that connect people with shared experiences.

Educate yourself about psychosis

Ask questions and learn about what your loved one is experiencing. The more you know about psychosis, the less worried or anxious you may be.

Conversation Starters

Sometimes it can be hard to have a conversation with someone you are concerned about. Here are some simple ways to start.

"You don’t seem like yourself lately."
"I want you to know that I’m here for you if you want to talk."
"I care about you and am here to talk if you want."
"We can get through anything together, no matter how scary."
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“In this animated RSA Short, Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW teaches that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are able to connect with our own fragilities.”

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