We all go through tough times and people sometimes help us through them. Other times we have been worried about other people's mental health. Whether they are a friend, family member or colleague, there are many ways to support somebody you care about, and of course yourself. It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem. Our MIND FLIP TIPS may give you some ideas on how you can help yourself and others through periods of poor mental health.
There is no 'one size fits all' way to support someone with a mental illness. How you care for someone will depend on you and the person you care for. Talk to the person you are supporting about what symptoms they get when they are becoming unwell. This might help you recognise if they are becoming unwell in the future. You should talk about what medication they are taking, when they take it and if they have any side effects.
Offer to listen to the person you are supporting. Listening to someone does not mean you have to say much back to them. Sometimes they may find it helpful to just talk to you about their problems, and to know that you are there to listen. If you care for someone with a mental illness, you might find it stressful and difficult. It is important to look after your own health and wellbeing.