When people are experiencing mental health issues, often the first person they turn to is a friend or family member. Listening to someone may not feel as if you are doing very much, but in fact it can be a big help. If you would like to find out more about the problems the person is facing or find out where you can signpost them for further help and support please see our self-help pages.
It is important to recognise that these conversations may have an impact on you and it is vital that you look after yourself and seek support if necessary. You could talk to someone like a counsellor about the way you are feeling, and can do this without giving your friend’s name – this is not betraying a confidence.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help support someone we run a 'Look After Your Mate' workshop. The objectives of this are -
(The charity Mind also has information about how to cope when supporting someone else).