“It's so important to seek help and support, as well as give help and support wherever possible to others.” – Keith

Overview

It can be difficult seeing someone you care about experience a mental health condition, or struggle with daily life.

Sometimes, just being there can make a difference. Knowing that there is someone to talk to, who will listen without passing judgement, can ease the burden for a person who is not coping.

As with a physical illness, a person experiencing a mental health condition will benefit from the right treatment and support. Mental health problems can be complex, and there are many individual differences in the presenting symptoms and how each person responds to different treatment options. Having someone to lean on while navigating through these experiences can reduce stress and help them on the road to recovery.

If the person you want to support doesn’t seem comfortable talking to you or anyone else in person, digital mental health resources might be the way to go; they can often be just as effective as talking to someone face-to-face.

However you choose to provide your support, there is plenty of information available to help you get started; we have some resources further down this page. We also have information on support for carers, and a page where you can find digital services and resources.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017