There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem.
It can be difficult to know what to say or do to help when someone you know experiences a mental health problem. But there are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support them. Sending a text, chatting over a cuppa, giving them a call or inviting them out for a walk – just small regular things that you've always done are a reminder that you're there for them and can make a big difference to how someone feels.
You don't have to be an expert to talk about mental health.
Like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. If your friend had a broken leg, or he or she had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn't think twice about asking how they were. Sometimes that's all it takes to make a big difference – just asking someone how they are and letting them know you're thinking of them. You don't need to be an expert in mental health.
Being able to talk about mental health is important to us all
Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all. We know it can be hard to know how to start your conversation, so we've provided lots of tips to help. You could also pass on the message that to support someone when they experience mental health problems #justbeafriend or download our materials and share them online.
Be Extraordinary just by being a friend
You can watch films of the people who featured in our 'Be Extraordinary just by being a friend' campaign talking about the little things their friends, family and colleagues have done to support them when they were going through a difficult time.
How to help someone with mental health problems
If someone you know is experiencing mental health problems or needs urgent support, there are lots of services that you can go to for help.
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