KNOWING THE SIGNS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH: WHAT WE CAN ALL DO
Knowing The Signs
Looking out for one another is more important than ever before. After all, we are in the midst of a time when so many people are suffering from mental health problems. Contrary to what many people think, there are things that can be done to help those in need. By looking out for one another, we can spot when someone is in need of help.
Remember, any single one of these signs can be cause for concern – not all of the signs are always present. Equally, such behaviour may be in-keeping with a person’s personality. But when one of these signs represents a big shift in a person’s normal behaviour, it might be time to try and talk to them.
The person might appear to be having suicidal thoughts. They might voice their opinion that they are a burden to others, that no one would notice if they were gone, or that their family would be better off without them. They might even be making arrangements for death, such as writing a will.
How to Help
If anyone you know is exhibiting some of these signs, it is likely that they are struggling with mental illness. The earlier they receive help, the better their chances are of recovering.
It can all start with a simple conversation. It is important to listen to someone – give them an opportunity to discuss with you their problems. They will often have bottled up their emotions for a long time, and may find having the opportunity to talk to someone in a confidential and supportive environment is incredibly helpful.
You could offer to take them to see a GP, which is normally a good starting point. Remember to regularly check in on them, and to help where possible. But remember not to put a load on yourself – look after yourself too, your own mental health is just as important.
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Here are some resources that you might find useful:
Everything You Need to Know About Mental Health Conditions