Mental Health Awareness - Friends

Mental Health Awareness - Friends

Communication, with friends, family and colleagues are all key to good mental health – we all need human interaction, and it can also be a good way to gauge other people’s wellbeing. It can be difficult to know if someone is struggling with their mental health as everyone can act differently when they’re struggling.

The more you get to know your friend and colleagues, the easier it will be to recognise when they are struggling or not themselves. Here are some common signs to look out for:

Listen. If you suspect a friend is struggling, then ask if they are ok. You will not make matters worse by asking, they’ll probably just appreciate you’re asking. If your friend doesn't want to talk, try not to pressure them. They will most likely open up to you, or someone else they trust, when they're ready.

When engaging with the individual consider the following points:

It can be difficult helping others, so above all you should take care of yourself, and do not allow the situation to get on top of you. It is not your job to fix the situation, but to listen, give them time and try and guide the individual to the right support. It’s natural to want to help to fix a situation, but not always possible.

If you are worried about someone’s safety or think they may be a risk to others tell your supervisor immediately and seek emergency help.

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