“It's so important to seek help and support, as well as give help and support wherever possible to others.”
It can be hard 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.
Mental health problems can be complex. There are many individual differences in the symptoms and how each person responds to different treatment options. However, as with a physical illness, a person with a mental health condition will benefit from the right treatment and support. Having someone to lean on while working through this experience 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.
A closer look
Mental ill-health is common, but help is available
Support from friends is highly valuable
Being available is a helpful form of support
It’s easier to identify a problem with someone you know well
Caring for yourself is important for supporting someone else
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.