Worried about someone?
This section can help you if you are worried about the mental health of a friend, relative or loved one. It explains what you can do and where to go to get help and support. It can be helpful for all mental health conditions. There is some information on helping someone who is experiencing symptoms of psychosis. To make things simpler we will use ‘relative’ to mean relative, friend or loved one.
- Changes in behaviour may mean someone is developing a mental illness.
- You can try and help your relative by encouraging them to get help from a doctor like a General Practitioner (GP).
- They may refuse to see a doctor. If so, you can try and ask for help yourself.
- You can try contacting the GP or local mental health services.
- It is important to look after your own emotional wellbeing too.
This section covers:
- What are the signs that someone might need help?
- What are the first steps?
- How can I ask for help?
- How can I ask for help outside the NHS?
- How can I help someone who is not a friend, relative or loved one?
- What are some common problems I might encounter?
- 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 December 2015, next review December 2017.
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