Emotional Support Human
/əˈmōSH(ə)n(ə)l/ /səˈpôrt/ /ˈ(h)yo͞omən/
An individual of the human (homo sapien) species who is committed to helping other people dealing with emotional and mental health challenges. Emotional Support Humans are characterized by compassion, care, love and a willingness to help the people around them – their friends, loved ones and community. Formal training is not required.
Emotional Support Humans Wanted
Do you have a friend or family member going through a hard time? Have you noticed someone you love facing a mental health challenge? Be their Emotional Support Human! You don’t need to be a mental health expert to show that you care. The top five reasons why you should be an Emotional Support Human for the people in your life are…
- You care, but you may not know how to show support. Don’t let that stop you from reaching out. The only way to learn what they need is to ask.
- Telling someone to “get help” isn’t always enough – sometimes they need help getting help.
- The only guaranteed way to let them know you care is to tell them.
- They might need to talk – And they could be waiting for you to show that you’re willing to listen. Don’t be afraid of bothering them; they don’t have to talk to you if they don’t want to.
- Doing nothing can make things worse – when we don’t talk about mental health, we allow the stigma around it to continue.
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