These blogs offer advice and tips on how to talk about mental health to friends, colleagues and family. 

They are written by people with personal experiences of mental health problems who, through talking about mental health openly, aim to break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects people across the country.


5 simple ways to support a mate with a mental health problem

July 27, 2017

Some things in life are an awful lot easier said than done, and unfortunately, sometimes when a mate or someone you care about is going through a rough patch, striking up a conversation about it or letting them know you care can absolutely feel like one of them. Where do you start? HOW do you start? What if they don't want to respond? What then?

Why you shouldn’t tell someone with depression to be grateful

June 29, 2017

When we first confided in someone else about our depression, we may have heard the words, ‘But you have so much to be grateful for!’
 
It’s a common response to mental health issues; sometimes said in exasperation, sometimes a genuine attempt to help us to look on the bright side. Yet despite good intentions, it can also be profoundly unhelpful.
 

When my friend was unwell, I stepped up to be there for them

April 10, 2017

Sometimes the thought of being there for someone can be pretty daunting. We question whether we’ll have the time, whether we can say the right thing, and perhaps if we’re having a hard time too, whether we can truly give another person the support they might need. In my experience however, being there for someone can range from offering up my spare time or gifts, to simply sending a text and letting someone know you’re thinking about them.

If you're worried about your friends' mental health, talk to them

March 14, 2017

If I didn't have my friends I wouldn't be as happy as I am now. In my darkest moments, they support me. When I feel like there is no light, they switch it on. When my thoughts are drowning me, they give me a new perspective. When I feel like a failure, they remind me of my worth. At every single point of my journey through life, they celebrate my achievements and my happiness, and they support me through despair. They make sure I never feel alone. They never pretended to know the answers.

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