Three of your classmates will experience a mental health problem
You might be surprised to hear that. And, though this kind of experience is quite common, around three-quarters of young people with mental health problems worry about how their friends will react.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Just being there for friends can make all the difference
There are lots of simple things you can do – like sending a text to say hello, keeping people involved in what’s going on, or popping round for a cup of tea. Often it’s just about keeping up with the everyday things.
What do you know about mental health?
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. It affects the way we think and feel about ourselves and others, and how we deal with life.
Mental health problems are experienced by people of any age, race, religion or income. The most commonly diagnosed are depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and eating disorders.
Take a look at Chary's illustrated blog post on the five things that make a good friend.
Thea blogs about her friendship with Steffi and how a quick text made all the difference.
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