Talking about their mental health
You don’t need to be an expert on mental health to be a friend. It’s often the everyday things that make a difference – here are some pointers to start talking...
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.
People will want support at different times in different ways, so ask how you can help.
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.
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.” Fiona, Time to Change Wales Champion
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