What to do when worried about someone
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I'm worried someone I know may be feeling suicidal
You may have noticed a change in the way a loved one or a friend is behaving, or maybe you think they are not coping with a situation. What can you do to help? If your friend had an accident and broke their leg, the first time you saw them you would ask how they were, maybe what happened, and was there anything you could do to help. Why is it that when we become aware that someone seems to be having a difficult time, or we notice they are quieter or out of sort, that we feel nervous about asking them how they are? Is it really that different to them breaking their leg? It is often our personal hunches that makes us aware that somebody's state of mind might not be quite right.
Tips to help someone who seems down
If you or someone you know is in danger of suicide, please seek help immediately. You should:. Remember, thoughts about suicide are just that — thoughts.
Together we are stronger. Search for services and support groups in your local area using your postcode or town. Need more information? Telling your partner you live with a mental illness. Mental health problems are common. One in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives.
Feeling down or depressed from time to time is normal. But if these feelings last two weeks or more, or start to affect everyday life, this can be a sign of depression. Depression can develop slowly. Someone who is depressed doesn't always realise or acknowledge that they're not feeling or behaving as they usually do. Often it's a partner, family member or carer who first realises that help is needed. They may encourage their friend or relative to see their GP or find some other source of support. See some more symptoms of depression.
Many people struggle to cope at one point or another of their lives. Experiencing a range of emotions during these times is common. You might not always be able to spot these signs, and these emotions show up differently in everyone. It can also be useful to identify these situations that can trigger suicidal thoughts or make it hard for someone to cope. Again, these may not apply to everyone who is struggling, but they can be useful to look out for. You can look out for similar signs and situations, and should try talking to them about their feelings, following our suggestions above.