Supporting others

How to be there for a loved one in life’s hardest moments.

When a loved one is going through a hard time, it’s not always easy to know how to support them. If you’re struggling with what to say or do, we’re here to help.

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Remember to take care of yourself, too. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, and overwhelmed when someone you love is going through a hard time. Caring for yourself makes it easier to show up for others, and there areeveryday practices that can help.

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There’s no one “right” way to support someone

But research shows that no matter what your loved one is going through, these everyday actions can help.

Talk openly to your loved one about stress, trauma, or loss

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Show up in specific, concrete ways

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Mobilize their broader support team

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Be there for the long haul

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