Mental health issues affect millions of Americans. Dr. Phil tells his viewers, "I wish I could tell you that there's a profile where we could predict who was going to become violent and who wasn't, but we can't identify that. What we can do is recognize that there are troubled people in society, and we can try, as citizens of the world, to reach out to them."
It may be difficult to reach out to someone whom you think needs help. Follow these Dos and Don'ts as a guideline for reaching out:
DON'T say you think they're psychotic, schizophrenic or mentally ill.
DO say, "You seem to be under a lot of stress and demand." Ask if you can help in some way.
DON'T say, "You need help."
DO say, "You deserve help."
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