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Mental Health Awareness Week: How to spot the signs of someone suffering

Mental Health Awareness Blog Post | Skinnydip London
With statistics like 2 in 3 people having experienced a mental health issue being more prominent than ever, we wanted to look at ways to help people who also don’t suffer and look at easily identifiable ways you can actually detect someone suffering, so you can help in the right way. Of course there is no one size fits all when it comes to recognising this in someone, but there are a number of physical signs you can look out for;
Changes in general behaviour
If you’ve noticed a change in someone’s mood, including things like mood swings, odd outbursts, lack of focus, this could be a sign that someone has something going on.
Dramatic changes in lifestyle
This could range from eating habits to going out and drinking far more than usual.
Lack of sleep
If someone isn’t sleeping or is struggling to catch some zzz’s it’s more than likely something on their mind is keeping them up.
Isolating themselves
Whether it’s a constant stream of excuses on reasons why someone can’t attend social events or you notice someone shutting themselves away more than usual.

So what do you do if you detect any of the above? 

Talk to them on a level
Try not to be critical, even if you might be thinking it. Remember you’re not inside that person’s head and you don’t know what’s going on in there. The mind is sensitive so treat it with care and be gentle in your approach.
Listen
One of the most important ways to help someone suffering is to listen; it can be really easy for people to feel like nobody cares and simply listening and acknowledging their troubles and problems can really help.
Encourage them to go to the doctors or seek advice from a health professional
You might not be the best person to fully help someone suffering, so suggest them seeing someone who’s a professional in this field, as they’ll be able to give tailored advice and help.

Professional contact information;

Mind Infoline;
Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
0300 123 3393
info@mind.org.uk
Text: 86463
Calm: Campaign Against Living Miserably Contact;

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