Take the lead:
If you know someone has been unwell, don’t be afraid to ask how they are.
Phrases like ‘Cheer up’, ‘I’m sure it’ll pass,’ ‘Pull yourself together’ definitely won’t help the conversation! Being open minded, non-judgemental and listening will.
Ask how you can help:
People will want support at different times in different ways, so ask how you can help.
Don’t avoid the issue:
If someone comes to you to talk, don’t brush it off because this can be a hard step to take. Acknowledge their illness and let them know that you’re there for them.
Stay in touch:
Actions are important too so stay in touch with a text, email or postcard and let someone know you are thinking about them.
“It is only by openly discussing it, without blame, that the stigma surrounding mental health can be erased. Thus allowing people to seek help for the problems and stress while it is still manageable, rather than waiting until it overwhelms them.”