Here's how you can help if someone is struggling with their mental health

On World Mental Health Day this Saturday 10 October, Samaritans are reminding people to check in and support anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Phil Bramley
Saturday, 10th October 2020, 10:00 am

At a time when looking after our mental health and connecting with others is more important than ever, the suicide prevention charity is sharing useful information to help people spot the signs that someone isn’t okay.

Centred around the belief that everyone has the ability to make a difference, the resources provide information on how to help someone having suicidal thoughts, what to do if someone is self-harming as well as advice on self-care and looking after emotional wellbeing.

Branch director at Samaritans, Sally, said: “As the pandemic continues and we face the possibility of further restrictions we must remember to prioritise our mental health and stay connected with others. Social distancing has meant people are having less face to face contact so it can be much harder to spot signs that someone might be struggling.

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Help is available for those that need it or who are worried about someone else

“Looking after mental health and emotional wellbeing is everybody’s business, we all have a part to play. We need to work together to ensure that we check in and support anyone who may be struggling during these challenging times.”

Those worried about somebody else can find a wealth of resources and advice on supporting someone who is struggling and experiencing suicidal thoughts here on Samaritans website.

Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email [email protected]