Listen to them
Sounds simple right? But, it’s much more than just listening to someone. Show them that you truly hear them, that you’re really trying to understand their outlook on things they may be struggling with.
You have to remember that this is a personal hardship for them, you can’t “fix” them. It takes time to grow and learn to overcome the fears of one’s past and in most cases this can take years to accomplish.
Be loving and caring
Show them that you love and care about their wellbeing, but do not become their permanent crutch, this will only result in making it harder for them to grow and face the demon they do not know.
They have to want to help themselves. If somebody you know has gone over the deep end it’s okay for you to take action and suggest professional help, if you feel that the individual may harm themselves or someone else seek immediate assistance. You can call a crisis line or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).