If you're worried about a friend or your brother or sister, you may have noticed some changes in them.
They might be:
- Being more anxious, irritable or angry than usual
- Unable to concentrate or take decisions
- Isolating themselves – not seeing their friends, dropping out of school or activities that they previously enjoyed
- Appearing suspicious of friends and family
- Being overly focused on certain things or being a perfectionist
- Not eating or looking after themselves
- Having disrupted sleep – which can mean not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much.
If you are concerned that someone is developing a mental health problem, there are things you can do to help them, including:
- Encouraging them to talk about how they are feeling
- Listening to them in a non-judgmental, non-critical way
- Taking things at their pace
- Reassuring them that you are taking what they say seriously
- Offering to go with them to get further advice or information.
There's lots more advice on supporting a friend or sibling here on Rethink's website.