How you can help: a guide for family & friends.
Mental health issues are more common than you might think. Every year, one in four of us in the UK is affected by a mental health problem. Severe mental illness can affect anyone,although it often emerges during adolescence or early 20s.
Living with a mental health condition can affect many aspects of daily life, from physical health to managing money and getting a job. Poor mental health is the biggest cause of lost days at work in the UK, and a significant factor in the majority of suicides.
Our guide covers:
Hearing voices, extremes of mood,
self-harm, panic attacks,
and coping with stress
If you think you, or someone you know, might be affected by mental illness, help is at hand. This guide offers practical advice on recognising the most common distress signals. It will help you know how and when to act.
For urgent support in a crisis, find out if the person has access to a crisis service or if the person is registered with a local crisis team. If the person you are worreid about is in danger of hurting themselves or others, please call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department. A full list of crisis support numbers can be found at www.rethink.org/helpnow