I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY FRIEND. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
One of the key steps to helping a friend or loved one is not to think of them or treat them any differently than you normally would. We all have mental health and sometimes we can all do with a bit of a helping hand. You should try to encourage them to communicate with you about what is going on in their life. Before beginning this communication we recommend you complete the training provided by Zero Suicide Alliance. It's a free, short, informative training that will help you prepare for this conversation.
I FEEL HOPELESS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The first thing you should do is tell someone around you how you are feeling. It can be very difficult to open up about our feelings at first, but if we bottle things up then they will only get worse over time. By letting someone in you can take the first step towards recovery. From here, you should consider contacting your GP or a local Mental Health Service such as SAMH, Mind, YoungMinds, or SeeMe. They will be able to direct you best towards help. You are not alone and you will get through this.