How many times have you said you are fine when you are not? How many times have you spent time with a friend, family member or colleague and just known something was not quite right?
Don't be afraid to ask twice, talking about our mental wellbeing helps. It helps us break down the barriers and stigma, and most importantly it often helps us feel better.
1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues in our life time, so the chances are your gut is right.
If you are worried about someone having the conversation might seem like the most difficult part but it is pretty simple. Why not follow the steps from time to change.
RETHINK.ORG work tirelessly to transform the lives of everyone severely affected by mental illness. They provide over 200 services, 140 local support groups and run campaigns that bring about real change. Visit their webpage for more helpful advise and information
If someone tells you they are feeling suicidal or can’t go on, or if you suspect they are thinking of taking their own life, it is very important to encourage them to get help. If you don't think they are at immediate risk you or they should contact a GP or NHS 111. They can also contact the Samaritans straight away by calling 116 123 (UK) for free at any time. They could also get help from their friends, family, or mental health services.
You can ask how they are feeling and let them know that you are available to listen. Talking can be a great help to someone who is feeling suicidal, but it may be distressing for you. It is important for you to talk to someone about your own feelings and the Samaritans can help you as well.
If you believe that they are in imminent danger and cannot keep themselves safe suggest they access A and E or call 999. Reassure them that you are there to support them and the NHS can help.
Rethink provide specific solution-based guidance: 0300 5000927 Fax: 020 7820 1149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anxiety UK runs a helpline staffed by volunteers with personal experience of anxiety from 9:30-5:30, Monday to Friday. Call 08444 775 774.