Supporting Friends With Their Mental Health

It is said that 1 in 10 young people will go through periods of feeling emotionally unwell during any given year, but what do you do when it is your friend or relative? 
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I understand that it can be hard to know what to do when someone you care about is going through a rough patch, so I have put together some tips and advice.

How to talk to someone you are worried about:
First of all, look after yourself. You cannot help someone else if you are unwell too.

Be honest if you are worried about someone. Use a calm and normal tone to ask how the person is.

Ask someone you are worried about  in a private space where they won’t need to worry someone else overhearing your conversation.

Conversations can get awkward, it is okay. Take your time and figure it out but remember no one answer is correct.

Do not be judgemental. You can share experience but make sure it doesn’t over take the conversation.

Do not pressure someone to talk to you, if they don’t feel like. It could make them anxious.

Give them space if they need it.

Whether they do or do not open up to you, carry on being yourself. This will show them that how you feel about them has not changed and that you just want them to be okay.

Avoid giving too much advice. It can be overwhelming.

If you can, give them an idea of who else they could talk to. Sometimes a professional help is what they need.
Don’t feel bad if they don’t open up to you.

When you offer professional support, don’t leave them to do it themselves as it can be intimidating going somewhere new, so explain what it is like and how it works. If you feel comfortable, offer to go with them. Not everyone knows what a session with a therapist means.

Avoid gossip. It is their situation to share, not yours.

If they do something that makes you feel really concerned about their safety, seek help as soon as possible.

Help someone today!

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