Every year the mental health foundation set a theme for world mental health day that is meant to raise awareness around the world, this year is suicide prevention. A lot of people don't know how to talk to someone they are worried about, and a lot of people try and avoid having those difficult conversations but if you are concerned about someone we recommend you try talking to them.
How Do You Have The Conversation?
Right Place, Right Time
Choose somewhere quiet and familiar, where you won't be interrupted and the other person feels comfortable. Make sure you both have time to talk and don't have other commitments to worry about.
Show You Care
Showing you care started when you asked how they were. The next step is to listen. To really listen to somebody, you need to give them your full attention, maintain eye contact and be engaged.
Put Your Phone Away
That's all, just put it away even better turn it off.
What Signs Should I Be Looking Out For?
Irritable or confrontational
Having mood swings
Sleeping too much or too little
Preferring not to be around other people
Having more problems with work or studies
Saying negative things about themselves
What Should I Do If Someone Is Self Harming?
If someone you care about it self harming you can try to talk to them about it, but the main thing is to let them know that you do not judge them and that you are there if they need to talk about it. If they refuse to stop self-harming then you may be able to persuade them to do it safely, or to try safer alternative methods. It is unlikely that they will stop altogether just because you have asked them to.
Who Can You Talk To?
Supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health can be stressful time, and it is likely that you may need some support yourself. If you find yourself feeling upset, frustrated, confused or scared you could try talking to friends and family, using one of the many support helplines, talking to your doctor, going to a support group for carers, friends and families for people supporting loved ones with mental illness or something everyone should do anyway and take some time out for yourself
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