You might have noticed that something has changed with your friend, and are perhaps worrying that they are going through something.
You might have noticed this because they have changed their normal behaviour, become isolated or withdrawn, they aren’t eating or sleeping like they would normally, they are using drugs or alcohol, or are telling you they feel low or anxious. These signs might mean that they are struggling with their mental health, and potentially have a mental health condition.
Well done for coming to this page and looking for help for your friend – it’s so important to have supportive friends who care about you when you are struggling with your mental health.
There are lots of things that can help your friend if they are struggling with their mental health and you can suggest some of these to them. However, you must tell an adult you trust – it can be a family member, teacher, or a medical professional – if you are worried about your friend, and not try to just help them on your own.
There are lots of things that can help your friend including talking to family and friends, talking to helplines, or seeking help from a doctor. Other daily things like self-care behaviours, hobbies, relaxing, exercise or being outdoors, goal setting, good sleep, and healthy eating might help too.
If you would like further help or information, firstly please tell another adult. Then follow any of the recommended resources to the right. You are not alone, there are lots of people and services that can help your friend, and things can get better.
Learn more about supporting a friend
YoungMinds help pages about supporting a friend
Top tips to have a difficult conversation
Samaritans provide top tips on having a difficult conversation about mental health with a friend
Ring Childline for free on 0800 1111 if you are under 18 years old or visit their website:
Or ring Hopeline for free on 0800 068 4141 f you are age 18-35
Text the crisis textline
Text “SHOUT” to 85258
Shout Crisis Text Line offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text anytime, or visit their website here
Talk to a counsellor online
Get free online counselling with Kooth link
If it is an emergency…