Take the lead

If you know someone has been unwell, don’t be afraid to ask how they are.

Don’t avoid the issue

If someone comes to you to talk don’t brush it off - it may have been a really hard step for them to take.

Talk, but listen too.

Simply being there will mean a lot.

Avoid clichés

Phrases like “Cheer up”, “I’m sure it’ll pass”, “Pull yourself together” definitely won’t help the conversation. Being open minded, non-judgmental and listening will.

Don’t just talk about mental health

Mental health is just one part of the person and people don’t want to be defined by it. Make sure you continue to talk about the things you’ve always talked about.

Remind them you care 

Small things can make a big difference

Be patient

Ups and downs can happen.

Actions are important too, so think about staying in touch with a text, email, or note to let someone know you are thinking about them.

If you’re experiencing problems with your mental health or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help on our support page.

Mental Health & Stigma

Mental health conditions

Mental health conditions

You can help us create a society where mental health problems are not hidden in shame and secrecy.

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What is Stigma?

What is Stigma?

These key facts about mental health can help to challenge the myths that contribute to the stigma that many people face.

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Talk about Mental Health

Talk about Mental Health

1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental health in our lives, so it's important to be able to talk about it.

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