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20 things you can do to help someone with mental health problems

We experience difficulties and tough periods in our lives but it’s through other people and having a support system that we are able to find our way out of them.

If you’re wondering how you can compassionately show up for a loved one the BelievePerform infographic on ’20 things you can do to help someone with mental health problems’ will give you a starting point.

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  1. Regularly check up on them. Send them a text message to see how they are doing.
  2. Ask them if they would like to meet up for a coffee or a chat.
  3. Support them in opening up about their mental health.
  4. Offer to go with them to help find them some support (doctors, psychologist, mental health charities).
  5. Help them to learn some simple coping skills such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation.
  6. Practice self-care with them. How about some volunteering or a yoga class you can go to together?
  7. Help them to challenge unhelpful thoughts with a thought diary.
  8. Support, praise and encourage them. Tell them you are proud of them.
  9. Don’t be afraid to communicate. Don’t just talk about their mental health.
  10. Encourage them to do things and seek help from professionals within mental health.
  11. Be caring. Show them that you are concerned and will be there for them.
  12. Be understanding. Don’t criticise and take time to understand what your friend is going through.
  13. Spend some time researching where you could find help. Learn more about signs and symptoms.
  14. Be patient. Understand that people will go through ups and downs.
  15. Listen to what is being said. Take time to engage in the conversation.
  16. Support and encourage them to look after themselves physically. Are they getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet?
  17. Encourage them to look after themselves physically. Are they getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet?
  18. Offer to help them with some daily tasks that they might be struggling with.
  19. Remind them regularly that you are there to help and support them.
  20. Help your friend or family member to problem-solve effectively.
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