We all have tough times, and we often have support from other people during those tough times. There are also occasions when we are worried about another person’s mental health. The good news is there are many different ways for you to support someone you care about. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

It may occasionally be obvious when someone you know is having a hard time. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to determine if they are struggling with their mental health. This is ok because it’s not always necessary for you to know this. What’s more important is that you respond sensitively to them. 

How You Can Help 

There are a few different ways that you can help someone you care about: 

Set aside some time 

Set aside some time so you can provide a safe, non-judgemental space to talk. 

Let them talk 

Let them talk at the own pace. Don’t force them to talk about anything they’re uncomfortable talking about. You might be the only person they have opened up to. Treat them with care. 

Don’t try to guess what they’re feeling 

You might not be a mental health expert to try not to guess what they’re feeling. Don’t jump in with a diagnosis or make assumptions. 

Ask open-ended questions 

Ask open-ended questions that allow them to talk freely about how they’re feeling. Ask questions like “How are you feeling?”, for example. 

Talk about mental well-being

You could recommend some healthy methods of de-stressing. Ask if they have found anything helpful. Talk about self-care, a healthy diet, and exercising. 

Listen to what they’re saying 

Repeat what they have said so they know you have heard and understood them. You don’t need to repeat every word, and you don’t have to agree with what they have said. Showing that you understand how they feel can prove to be very helpful.

Offer to help them seek professional support

Try not to force the person you care about to seek professional support. However, you could offer to go with them to a doctor’s appointment as it might make the situation less anxiety-provoking for them. 

Understand what your limits are

If you think the person you care about is in immediate danger or they are injured and need medical help, you should ask for help. Call NHS 111, your local mental health team, or 999 if you’re very concerned. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk