How do you know if someone is struggling? What can you do to help? Explore this page to find practicle ways to support other people who are experiencing mental health problems whilst looking after yourself.
Describe how you might recognise if a friend was struggling
Not being their usual self
Missing social activities and making excuses
Lack of motivation, oversleeping, over or under eating
Being negative about themselves
Risky behaviours like drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking, gambling, dangerous driving or unsafe sex
If you think something might be wrong with a friend – ask them!
They might not want to talk about how they are feeling or pretend that nothing is wrong. This is ok. You asking and continuing to be there for them and doing the things you would normally do will show that you care & mean a lot.
If you are really worried about a friend it is important to talk to an adult you trust about your worries.
Watch this short video from Time to Change to see how you can start talking to a friend about their mental health and how they are feeling.
Describe the things you could do to help a friend feel supported & get better
You know your friends best! Think of the things they like and ask them what would help. The 'Top Tips' below will also give you more ideas of how you can support people in your life who are struggling with their mental health.
Top Tips for Supporting Others
Once you’ve read the Top Tips you might also find it useful to watch the below video on ‘5 Steps to help a mate’.
This video includes all the top tips opposite plus talks about what to do if someone is having suicidal thoughts.