It might be hard to see the signs
If a relative, friend or someone else you know has a mental health issue, they may tell you. But if they don't, any of these signs could suggest something's wrong:
- Anxious or irritable Mood swings
- Seeming withdrawn
- Saying or doing unusual things
- Struggling to cope with work or studies
- Problems with concentration or memory
What you can do
Encourage them to talk to their CP, and show your support by telling them:
- You want to listen
- All CPs have mental health training and can help
- You can go with them
- Their CP won't share any information without permission
- Most mental health problems can be treated
What if they don't want help?
No-one can be forced to get help, but you can contact their CP for them.
Talk with their GP about their symptoms and behaviour, then the GP will decide if they need to take action.
If you think they're a serious risk to themselves or others, the NHS and social services may get involved.
England and Scotland: Call NHS Direct or NHS 24 on 111
Wales: Call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47, or 111
Northern Ireland: Call the person's CP or local social services. Or the Emergency Social Work Service on 028 9504 9999 out of hours.
If you think the person is an immediate risk to themselves or others, Call 999
Find out more: mental health UK