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Supporting someone with Mental Health struggles...

Globally, an estimated 284 million people experienced an anxiety disorder in 2017, making it the most prevalent mental health or neurodevelopmental disorder in the world. In all those countries, women were also more likely to develop it than men. According to the WHO, 1 in 13 people world wide suffer from anxiety which means that it is common for all of us to know, and probably have someone close to us that suffers from anxiety or other mental health problems.

If someone you’re close to is struggling with mental health problems and you feel a bit useless because you can’t seem to do anything to make them feel better, here are some ideas to support them through it.

  • Giving someone space to be alone

  • Being present when together

  • Being less opinionated

  • A hug

  • Acceptance

  • A sounding board

  • Doing research and checking resources so that you understand what that person is going through

  • Having difficult conversations

  • Providing company at appointments etc.

  • A caring message making it clear that there is no pressure to reply

  • Believing in the other person

  • Having a cup of tea together

  • Showing up for the good and for the bad

I really struggled when someone I love a lot was feeling low and I felt like nothing I did or said was helping at all. Now I realise that there is nothing you can do other than be there, support when needed and give space when needed too. There are many incredible websites, individuals and organisations spreading awareness for coping with mental health struggles, supporting people through it and also preventing it for yourself. Do some digging and clue yourself up on something that is sadly, incredibly common on our society today. I also attempt to raise awareness for it as much as possible through my social media platforms and work with clients through one-to-one plans to give guidance and support through difficult times.

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