How to help a family, friend, or a loved one

The urge to help is a natural one when it comes to the people we love and care about. However, for one to provide the guidance and help for our loved ones, it is important that we ourselves are and educated. Because after all you cannot fight an enemy you do not understand. Be open-minded to understanding what your loved ones are going through, and most importantly, know where to go to get help for (and help your loved one seek help) things that are beyond your control.


There is nothing more important on the path to recovery than open lines of communication. And sometimes, simply talking about the problem can be healing for both the person trying to overcome a problem, as well as yourself. Work on building a genuine and supportive relationship without judgment of accusation. Foster an environment where you can be open with struggles. Ask questions such as: “how are you?” or “are you okay?” and be genuinely there to listen and care, as it can make all the difference on the road to a successful recovery.


We all need a little help sometimes, and those in recovery more than most. It’s important they understand that there are people they can reach out (even if it is not necessary with you) to that will support them and put them on the path, and sometimes this can take a certain kind of encouragement only a loved one can provide.


The road to recovery is a long one, for everyone involved. In order to be capable of helping others, it’s important you play self-care as a priority also, with the long-term aim in mind. To have any hope to being able to support, guide and encourage your loved one you have to start by making healthy decisions. Give yourself breaks when they’re needed, stay healthy, and realise that the best way to help the ones you love is to, first and foremost, look after yourself.


Asking for help is not easy, especially when the whole world seems to be crumbling down. You feel like no one would understand, and sometimes you do not know where to even begin.

Asking for help or support is not a sign of weakness (as stigma usually portrays), but a sign of strength.
It is therefore important to seek help, when you need it. We are all worthy. We are all interconnected and we all need each other. It is how we as humans, thrive.


Some of the common barriers that may deter those from seeking help include:

● Thinking and feeling like no one would help or understand
● Feeling afraid, embarrassed, or anxious to ask for help
● Thinking that you will be able to cope without help
● Thinking that the problem will go away by itself
● The belief that “getting help” will be costly and time consuming
● Not knowing where to go to get help


You are not alone. At Transformations, we do not believe that our past defines our future. We are supportive of each other. We are a community. We are children of god. And we believe we can do so much more together than we ever can alone.  

No matter the challenge or the problem you are experiencing, know that at times we must believe that God has a higher purpose for our lives. If you feel like your life has become unmanageable, we at Transformations can help you take the next step by reinforcing your faith in God, and in yourself, so that no matter how hard it might seem, you know you can get through.

We continuously achieve high performing success rates with our participants, through our program which provides services in:
● Counselling sessions with registered Psychologists;
● Supportive peer groups and sessions;
● Educational sessions to learn, and develop practical skills, such as: communication, personal empowerment, anger management and conflict resolution; and
● Regular social events with other Transformations participants
● Faith-based teachings


Beyond Blue - Information, and support to help Australians with mental health.

eHeadspace - Free confidential support to young people 12 - 25 or their family with a qualified young mental health professional.

Lifeline - Free 24 hour crisis support and suicidal prevention services by calling 13 11 14.

Mensline - Free 24 hour telephone counselling and support for men with family and relationships concerns.

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