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21 Ways to Offer 'Wordless' Support to Your Loved Ones

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Contrary to popular belief, supporting someone doesn’t always mean doing so with words, such as by offering advice. There are little, silent ways we can give and receive support when someone is struggling, and — in my opinion, at least — these can even be more effective and mean more.

When I’m struggling with depression or trauma, a hug means the world to me (and the science of hugs backs me up). If I’m feeling lonely or unloved, having someone send a quick message to say they’re thinking of me, or share a video or product they’ll know I’ll like, is enough to pull me out of my funk even a little bit.

Love languages play a huge part in mental health support, so touch, food, and loving gestures all play a role in supporting loved ones living with a mental health condition.

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