How to Help a Friend, Family Member or Co-worker with a Mental Illness or Crisis | Mental Health First Aid

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How can I help someone I am concerned about?

Are you currently concerned about the mental health of a friend, family member or co-worker?

We've put together some simple advice based on the mental health first aid guidelines, so you can take supportive action and help someone you are concerned about.

You may have been asking yourself, how can I approach someone with depression? Maybe you are worried that friend who is struggling with anxiety and you are not sure how you can be supportive? Or perhaps you've been thinking, what should I do if my family member has an alcohol or drug problem, and should I encourage the person to seek professional help?

At some point in our life, most all of us will be confronted with such a situation and wonder, how do I know if someone is experiencing a mental health problem? or what if the person doesn’t want help? When someone you know and love is not well or experiencing a mental health crisis, you want to be there for that person. Here's how you can help a friend, family member or co-worker with a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid Courses teach knowledge and skills in order to improve your confidence to offer support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Our courses are based on MHFA Guidelines. The general information below provides some basic guidance to those concerned and wanting to offer help.