HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE STRUGGLING
To truly help someone get better you have to take time to listen. Your time, patience and support is what they need to get through this difficult time. It will be daunting, scary and terrifying opening up about their thoughts and worries, so be mindful if they aren't ready to talk and worry about becoming a burden. Don't give up on your loved ones. It is not a quick fix. Reassure them that they are not alone, things are going to get better & this is a temporary state of mind.
TIPS TO HELP SOMEONE STRUGGLING
Send a text - check in with your friend now and again to remind them you are there and thinking of them.
Listen - be a pair of non-judgmental ears. Give them space to talk where they feel safe and comfortable.
Reassurance - reassuring them that you are going to help and be with them every step of the way.
Support - is there anything you can do to support them e.g. Lifts, cooking, cleaning, childcare. Ask if there is anything you can help with & keeping them company.
Appointments - go with them to doctor appointments so they don't feel alone or work themselves up about going to see someone.
Mental Health - take time to research the symptoms and experiences they are having so you have a better understanding.
LOOK AFTER YOU TOO - ensure you are looking after yourself as you will be no use to anyone, if you are also struggling.