How to reach out to someone about seeking professional support: If someone has been feeling low for some time it is probably a good idea that they get some support, whether it is through talking to someone like a counsellor or getting some practical help. It’s best for them to make their own decisions, don’t push them into it. Useful questions you might ask them include: o ‘Have you talked to anyone else about this?’ o ‘Would you like to get some help?’ o ‘Would you like me to come with you?’ How to reach out to someone who is reluctant to seek help: If someone you think is struggling but is reluctant to get help, try asking them; o ‘Do you have someone you trust you can go to?’ o ‘Do you know about the different types of support available?” And finally... If you say the wrong thing DON’T PANIC! What are red flags? When talking about mental health, red flags are the common changes that we begin to recognise in ourselves and others when our mental health is in a decline. You may be becoming increasingly anxious, low in mood or heading towards a general burn out. A large part of looking after your wellbeing is recognising when you are struggling. This can be particularly difficult to identify when you are in the eye of the storm. Think about what the indicators are that you see when you might be struggling. We call these red flags. As a friend, red flags can be a useful tool to use to help you understand when a friend is going through a tough time. Sometimes things do get overwhelming and we don’t cope very well – that’s totally OK. What you can do to mitigate this, is to identify your own red flags and share them with those around you. We (the content creators), thought about what our red flags are. Maybe it’s a good idea to have a think about what your own are. Learn to recognise them. Talk to your friends about them and think of ways in which you can combat these actions, before things get worse and you end up in the eye of the storm.
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