Raising the Subject
You may be aware that a friend, family member or someone you are working with is struggling to cope. They may be behaving differently such as becoming withdrawn or taking less care about themselves. You may be concerned but feel that you don’t know what to say or how to help and worry that you might make things worse by raising it.
Research shows that most people with mental health issues want to keep in touch with friends and colleagues and although many of us find it difficult to talk about mental health either our own or someone else’s, avoiding the subject really does not help anyone.
“ I need caring people who can listen and hear what I say - are prepared to 'walk alongside'.”
“What ultimately helped me was speaking to a good friend. I think that knowing you have someone who cares about you without any family connection is very powerful.”