How to be in your mate's corner

Having a mate in your corner can make all the difference when you have a mental health problem. So, if your mate is acting differently, step in. It's not hard - read these stories to see how it's done. 

The people in my corner make my anxiety and depression much easier to deal with

“There’s nothing wrong with not ‘getting’ it, it’s being there that matters.” – Nick

“It’s OK to not be OK”

I didn’t fully understand that at first. I used to hate myself for not being able to just get on with life, and think it’s my fault I’m like this. Since my treatment, I slowly started to get it, that this isn’t a choice or attitude problem and I’m not just attention seeking. Accepting that this is part of me and I can’t change that. I can now say to myself when I feel like the world’s falling apart around me, “I’m not OK, but that’s OK”, and that helps to give me grounding and a brief moment of clarity.

How my best friends were in my corner as I went through crisis

"To support your friend, you don't need to do anything extraordinary; just be there for them." - Emily

Getting a mental health diagnosis was one of the scariest moments of my life. Being told I had borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar changed my life in a matter of 10 minutes. I went from being a 'normal' 20 year old, to a girl with a label. What was most over-whelming, was the fear attached with how this would affect my relationships and the world around me. 

My mates made it easy for me when I told them I have PTSD

Be in your mate's corner

I was recently told that I have PTSD, and had been living with it for over half of my life. Suddenly my entire perception of the world was turned upside down; to find out that the way I had lived my life wasn't how other people did was a major shock to my system. I effectively had to learn how to be a human again.