Worried about someone's mental health?
This section explains what you can do if you are worried about someone’s mental health. It explains how to get them help and support.
We have used the word ‘relative’ in this section to refer to the person who is unwell. But we understand they may be a friend, relative or someone else.
- Changes in behaviour may mean your relative is developing a mental illness. These changes might be sudden, or develop over time.
- You can try to help your relative by encouraging them to get help from a doctor like a General Practitioner (GP).
- They may not want to see a doctor. You can try to ask for help yourself.
- You can try to contact the GP or local mental health services.
- It is important to look after your own mental health
This section covers:
- What are the signs that my relative might need help?
- How can I encourage my relative to get help?
- My relative won't get help. What can I do?
- How can I ask for help outside the NHS?
- How can I help someone who is not a friend, relative or loved one?
- What things should I remember?
- How can I get help for myself?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in June 2017, next review June 2020.
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