Reach Out today to support someone you know. Small things make a big difference to people with mental health problems
Here are some ideas to help you reach out.
Talk, but listen too: simply being there will mean a lot.
Keep in touch: meet up, phone, email or text.
Don’t just talk about mental health: chat about everyday things as well.
Letting someone know you are thinking of them can be as simple as sending them silly videos and clips of things that they like over Facebook and WhatsApp.
Offer to go out for a walk or to the gym – physical exercise can be a big help!
Remind them that you care: small things make a big difference.
Be patient: ups and downs can happen.
Trying to understand is a small act of kindness which can make such a positive difference.
Just by asking 'How are you' and meaning it, is often all it takes.
A chat, a coffee, a smile. Showing you care, taking an interest, we can all make time. Do it.
Mental health problems will affect 1 in 4 people during their lifetime.