Sometimes the impact of a mental health problem, combined with other pressures in life, can be too much for someone, and they might neglect to look after their appearance or body.
Maybe they’re not eating well, or they’re not keeping up with personal hygiene.


  • Ask them how things are going
  • Listen, don’t judge
  • If they’re feeling overwhelmed, you might be able to help them with particular tasks that they can’t do. If it feels right, ask if there’s anything you can help with.

If your mate’s going through a hard time, your attitude can be the difference.

“I have horrendous weeks where I leave the washing up, forget to clean my teeth, don’t remember to empty the bins, or pay bills. I forget to shower and my appetite is never regular. Friends can think I’m lazy, when in reality I am exhausted.” - Cat