We know that friends turn to each other for support. Friends can often be the first port of call when times are tough.
It can be hard to see our friends going through a difficult time and know what you can do.
If you’re concerned about a friend
While friendships can change over time, you will probably know if one of your friends is not acting as they would normally. If you feel something is not right, trust your instinct.
When your friend is feeling down, it is not necessary to focus on what might be ‘wrong’ with them, or a diagnosis. Whatever is going on, they will need your friendship, compassion, patience and understanding.
Things to look out for
Look out for small changes in your friend’s mental health; have they been irritable or snappy, for example? Perhaps they are avoiding coming out or spending time together. They may have become more withdrawn or quiet. If any of this rings true with you, it could be time to reach out.