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How can I help a person with serious mental illness who feels hopeless?

People with serious mental illness (SMI) often have feelings of hopelessness. Those with depression have seriously low moods that are difficult to change, even with medications and/or psychological therapy.
Be tolerant, loving and encouraging, raise the person's spirits in some way to encourage feelings of self worth. Learning more about SMI is the key to understanding. Try to persuade other family and friends away from criticism and negative attitudes.

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