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Watch: How to Be an Ally

A person can mean well and still do some harm in the process. Watch this short video for tips that build connection.


We hear the word “ally” a lot these days, but you might not know how to be one. We asked experts for advice on how to reach out in a way that will add value and not infringe upon a patient’s autonomy.

It sounds too simple, but often the best way to support someone is to listen to them. The more you do, the more you’ll learn about their actual wants and needs. It’s not your job to offer medical advice or “cure” them, but you can play a very important role as a friend or family member.