Have you ever asked a total stranger if they have a psychiatric illness, or know anyone who does?
Turns out, I do exactly that, often.
Not in so many words. I just mention I work on an inpatient psych unit.
As it turns out, it’s a very effective invitation for disclosure.
A guy at a bar, total stranger, told me all about folks he knows who attend such places from time to time. He was confident that’s why they’re still alive.