How to Support a Loved One With a Mental Health Problem

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What to do if you’re concerned about someone important in your life

At least one in four of us will struggle with our mental health at some point in our lives – so why are we still so bad at talking about it? Mental health stigma has come on a long way in recent years, but when faced with a friend or partner who’s struggling, many of us still feel uncomfortable, or panic about saying the wrong thing.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re concerned about someone important in your life, here are six ways you can help them seek the support they need.

1. Offer them a ‘soft place to land’

The best thing you can do for someone you think might be struggling is simply to be there, and make yourself available. For people battling mental health problems – in fact, for any of us –…

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