Three of your classmates will experience a mental health problem

You might be surprised to hear that. And, though this kind of experience is quite common, around three-quarters of young people with mental health problems worry about how their friends will react.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Just being there for friends can make all the difference

There are lots of simple things you can do – like sending a text to say hello, keeping people involved in what’s going on, or popping round for a cup of tea. Often it’s just about keeping up with the everyday things. 

Right now you could share our film on social media to show how important friends are (with our #MakeTime hashtag if you like), or make time for a friend by sending them an e-card invite.

What do you know about mental health?

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. It affects the way we think and feel about ourselves and others, and how we deal with life.

Mental health problems are experienced by people of any age, race, religion or income. The most commonly diagnosed are depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and eating disorders.

Five things that make a good friend

Take a look at Chary's illustrated blog post on the five things that make a good friend.


The impact of that text was huge

Thea blogs about her friendship with Steffi and how a quick text made all the difference. 


Help spread the word

Download an image and save it as your social media profile:

Facebook cover images:

#MakeTime for your friends and watch the Time to Change film

Download the #MakeTime for your friends Facebook profile image

Twitter cover image:

Down load the Time to Change Twitter header image and #MakeTime for your friends