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If physical diseases were treated like mental illness...

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advice is not sympathy

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I need some education.

yoda meme lack of education the problem is Imgur

So what IS the right thing to say to someone who suffers from mental illness?

I can only speak to depression. Try just saying, I'm here for you. Let me know how I can help. Respect that their pain is real. Sometimes just having someone respect your suffering is a gift. 

Offer to go for a walk, but don't push. Exercise and sun can help. Pushing doesn't.  Sometimes distraction helps, they might be willing to see a movie, or watch TV quietly together. But be there, and let them lead. 

Jim Jefferies talks about depression and mental illness on stage:

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