I’m Listening: Alanis Morissette Offers Advice on Being There for Someone Going Through a Tough Time

She offers sage advice for how you can help those who are struggling

On Wednesday, September 23 at 6PM, join us for the I’m Listening broadcast special as artists, athletes, and health professionals share their stories and help end the stigma about discussing mental health.

Ahead of this year’s I’m Listening special, we’re previewing conversations with artists and celebrities on the topic of mental health.

Alanis Morissette has never shied away from discussing her past traumatic experiences and her mental health struggles. As someone that’s gone through extremely difficult periods in her life, she knows what it takes to open up.

Now, Morissette has advice for those that are talking to or helping out someone who is going through a rough time.

“First I would just sit with them and let them know I’m not going anywhere and then I would sit in silence with them for as long as they wanted,” she says. “Then eventually if someone begins to feel safe enough, they might risk telling me in this case what’s actually going on for them. Mentally, thoughts, physically, emotionally, psychically, spiritually.”

“I would just be sitting there with as much presence as I could muster and 'I’m not going anywhere' energy and really wait to create this safety,” she added.

Before you can begin the conversation, Morissette says “step number one is how we can get to this sense of safety.”

RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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