Supporting your child
Many people experiencing a mental health problem will speak to friends and family before they speak to a health professional, so the support you offer can be really valuable.
If someone lets you know that they are experiencing difficult thoughts and feelings, it’s common to feel like you don’t know what to do or say – but you don’t need any special training to show someone you care about them. Often just being there for someone and doing small things can be really valuable. For example:
There are lots of practical things you can do to support someone who is ready to seek help. For example:
If you feel that someone you care about is clearly struggling but can’t or won’t reach out for help, and won’t accept any help you offer, it’s understandable to feel frustrated, distressed and powerless. But it’s important to accept that they are an individual, and that there are always limits to what you can do to support another person.
Please do contact us if you would like to discuss any concerns you may have.