Mental Health Week
Friends and family...
Find out how friends and family can help you stay mentally healthy, and get tips on managing changes in life.
How friends and family can help...
You might feel like they won't understand, but friends and family can surprise you. You would probably want to help people you love if they were struggling, so why wouldn't they feel the same about you?
Some of the ways they can help...
- Spend time with you. Too much time on your own can make you feel worse. Just being around others is a simple way to feel more connected.
- Talking things through. If you are stressed or feeling low, they can provide emotional support.
- Notice changes in your mood. People who know you well will probably recognise when you are not feeling your best.
- Give practical support. Friends can do things like coming with you to a party you feel nervous about or helping you plan a route to get there.
- Join in with CBT. Cognitive behavioural therapy sometimes introduces coping strategies. Your friends and family can help you to come up with strategy ideas and support you with therapy homework.
How to open up to someone...
- Pick a good time when neither of you is busy or distracted.
- Choose somewhere quiet where you won't be interrupted
- Explain how you are feeling and what's worrying you
- Ask for advice and support. Be clear about what they can do to help
- Be clear about confidentiality. If you don't want them to share what you've told the
- If you feel you don’t have anybody to talk to, you could join an online forum where people are experiencing similar situations to you, or contact a confidential service like Childline or the Samaritans.
Speak to someone who is ...
- doesn't judge
- good listener
- has been through similar issues