Mental health is a broad term covering various mental health disorders. Mental health disorders can vary in notable symptoms, but every mental health disorder can have a debilitating impact on an individual's life.
If you have urgent and immediate concerns for an individual's well-being, please call 999 and contact the police.
Some, but not all, indicators that someone is experiencing mental health issues are:
- Change in dietary patterns, such as eating too much or too little
- They may become more irritable
- Becoming more anxious about little things
- A change in their sleeping patterns, such as sleeping too much or not at all
- Have trouble remembering simple things
- Detaching themselves from people and limiting social contact
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Inflicting self-harm or fantasising about inflicting injuries on themselves
- Mood changes
How to approach an individual with mental health issues.
Some individuals may not acknowledge that they are experiencing mental health issues, and a gentle approach is required in these situations. Consider how you would like to be approached and be understanding and considerate of their situation. Do not be aggressive towards the individual, and do not argue or minimalise their concerns. Instead, listen to what they have to say and acknowledge their concerns.
Getting the appropriate help.
Encourage them to contact their GP, and they can refer you to relevant professionals.