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.


How to help a friend who is struggling with their mental health

Lauren, March 3, 2017

What happens if your friend stops texting you back? No longer seems interested when you suggest a night out? It’s so easy to automatically assume that perhaps they’re losing interest in your friendship. Sometimes, the reality can be that they are facing a daily battle with their own mind. Mental illness comes in different forms but no matter the problem, it can become awfully debilitating for those suffering. Getting out of bed, if achieved at all, can feel like an uphill battle. Everyday tasks which are usually done without batting an eyelid become more and more difficult to manage.

Just be yourself around a mate with a mental health problem

March 1, 2017

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.

You don't have to be an expert to look out for your mate

February 22, 2017

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. 

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