2. BE AWARE OF DEPRESSION
Depression after incarceration is very common. Readjusting to daily life is challenging, and working towards finding a job with a criminal record and gaining financial stability can be frustrating.
If therapy is not an option, there are other steps you and your loved one can take to improve their mental health and happiness.
SET SMALL GOALS
Start with one goal a day. Encourage them to reward themselves with something small, like take a long walk or enjoy a special meal, when each goal is achieved. The more success they have, regardless of how small, the more confident and happy they will be.
WORK WITH YOUR LOVED ONE ON THEIR SELF-TALK
For example, if you‘re loved one is prone to think, “I can‘t get a job. I am a failure,” encourage them to tell themselves something like, “I haven‘t gotten a job yet. If I keep applying to jobs, I will eventually get one.” Reaffirming positive thinking and connecting with others who think positively will eventually change the way your loved one sees the world around them.
If improvement is slow or nonexistent, consider reaching out to a therapist or other professional for additional help.