It can be difficult when a friend or relative is struggling with their mental health. Let them know you’re there to help, talk about what they feel would help. Offer practical help such as making a telephone call to access support. Keep yourself, and the person, focused on positive things and day-to-day realities.

If they are willing to access services, support them to make and maybe attend appointments or help them search for and identify the support that would be most appropriate for them - eg do they need one-to-one help or might they be willing to attend a group?

Encourage them to see their GP so that an assessment can be made of what medical attention might be required.

If you are concerned about their safety, or it is an emergency, please refer to our signposting pages.