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.
Matthew, well ‘Matty’, is the oldest friend I have. We actually met walking to primary school on the very first day and have been friends ever since. We went through school and college together and although we went to different universities and both moved away for a number of years – whenever we met up it was always like we’d never been away. This is still true now nearly 40 years later.
I have experienced poor mental health at times for most of my life and always struggled with emotions, thoughts and low confidence. I had a big breakdown 2 years ago and slowly got my life back with the support of my lovely family, friends, various mental health services and work colleagues. I now feel better than I ever have to be honest and understand and recognise my self as a whole in much more clarity.
Why are we so shy when it comes to reaching out? So many people will experience mental health problems, but a lot of us – especially men – still don’t consider mental health relevant to us. But we’ll all know someone with a mental health problem, even if they haven’t felt able to tell us yet.
It's all about people isn't it? Life that is. As we look back on our happiest memories for the most part it's the people that shared those moments with us that made them so special; it's people that add the colour and character to life's precious moments.
It's people that can make the biggest difference to us when life reveals its darker side, when we grieve and when we hurt. And it's the people that share with us our tears as well as our laughter that we hold dearest to us.