1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. So, if your mate’s acting differently, listen, don’t judge.
Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. If you have problems with your mental health, you might feel sad, worried, confused, angry, frightened, hopeless, isolated – even ashamed and worthless.
Having a mate in your corner can make all the difference. It could be the difference between missing out on the things you care about to getting the support you need to get better.
You don’t have to be an expert. Here are three simple ways you can do it:
- Reach out – a conversation, text or call goes a long way
- Listen, don’t judge
- Do something together
Mental health problems are experienced by people of any age, race, religion or income. Some of the most commonly diagnosed problems are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and eating disorders.
“My friends Carys and Matt always tell me I can talk to them anytime I need to. The best thing they do is make me laugh. So, if you’re worried about your friend, your friendship is really what they need. It’s the little things that remind someone they aren’t alone."
“The most important thing is to reassure your friend that you are there for them, though it’s also important not to impose your ways of feeling better on them. Some people might not want to go on nights out when they’re feeling low. Everyone’s mind works differently.”