We all experience tough times and other people often help us through them. There are also times when we may be worried about another person’s mental health.

Whether this person is a family member, a friend, or someone you work with there are different ways that you can offer your support. 

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.

How To Tell If Someone Needs Help

It can occasionally be obvious that someone needs help with mental health. However, there are times when symptoms might not be so apparent.
You don’t have to know if they have a diagnosis yet. You just need to be sensitive in your response to someone who could be struggling.

Being sensitive is the first step in making a difference to their day and ultimately their life. 

Did you know that if two people are diagnosed with the same condition they won’t behave in the exact same way? However, if you know them well you might notice a few changes in their mood or behaviour. 

 

How You Can Help

One of the first things you can do is to talk. Ask your friend how they are feeling but try not to make any assumptions or guesses. 

  • Let the person you’re talking to lead the way. Don’t pressure them to tell you anything. Talking to others can be hard so be kind. You could be the first person they’ve opened up to. 
  • Talk about them eating a healthy diet, taking exercise or even having a break. Sometimes these things can help by reducing stress levels which might be quite high right now. 
  • Listen to what they are saying. Repeat it back to them so they know they’ve been heard. While you don’t need to agree with what they’re saying, it can show them that you understand. 

  • Offer to help them. You could suggest that you go to their GP’s appointment with them. You could also suggest that they talk to a family member or friend. 
  • Try not to control them. It’s important that you let them make their own decisions. 
  • If you think someone is in danger or their problem is very serious you should call NHS 111 or a GP as soon as possible. This can help them get the care they need. 

 

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