The littlest things that I feel people could do, to battle the stigma attached to mental heath issues, to help people feel safe-
1) Please don't generalise people's problems when they share them. Don't call it a "phase" or something "everyone goes through"
2) When someone trusts you with something personal, let them talk. Even if it's the same story for the 10th time, or something you can presume; Don't. It's more about the person's courage to share, than about what he/she is sharing.
3) TRAUMA ISN'T COMPARABLE. Everyone has different stories, different problems and different paces at which they progress. Don't tell people that their problems aren't as "big"
4) Being priveleged isn't being devoid of struggles. People can be grateful of all they have and still find it hard to progress. It doesn't help when you tell them that they shouldn't be feeling a certain kind of low, 'cus "others might not even have what they do"
5) Don't belittle the little steps of healing that people take, at the first instance that they replapse. If you feel that they can't change or grow, keep it to yourself. Don't push your unkind opinions onto people in the name of 'reality-checks'
Maybe try to not look at things from a fisheye view. Not everything is about you. Be compassionate. Try.
My take on mental health and understanding, as prompted by @wordsmith_a.s 🌻 and a few other dms.
#elevenxtwelve - 18 minutes ago