Friends and Family

Family and friends can play a vital role in helping a loved one if they are struggling with their mental health or have a mental illness. People with mental health problems say that when family and friends offer a non-judgemental ear it helps them seek further help and therefore promotes recovery.

Understanding what someone is going through can be hard, but you don’t have to be a professional to help. Simply listening without judgement can mean the world to people. 

The resources below have been co-created with our volunteers that have had lived experience. 

Help and Advice
Opening up to a friend or family member

Opening up to a friend or family member

Opening up to a family member or friend about your mental health can be a beneficial step towards seeking support and understanding.

Supporting a friend or family member

Empathetic and patient conversation is essential when engaging with someone facing a mental health condition. A supportive conversation can provide help when its needed most.

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