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Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to say to people who are finding it hard to cope or have been diagnosed with a mental illness. There are some simple things to remember:

  • It can be really helpful to have someone who will just chat about things
  • We have one mouth and two ears because listening can be twice as important
  • It’s ok to just talk about other things but it’s also ok to talk about someone’s mental health

Mind has information about what you can do to help as well as important information to help you support someone who is feeling suicidal.

Time to Change is a national organisation aiming to end mental health discrimination. Their ‘Talk about mental health’ pages also provide some very useful tips.

Rethink also provide information and advice about ‘Supporting someone with a mental illness’ as well as someone who is having suicidal thoughts.

Relevant links

Healthwatch Shropshire are an organisation dedicated to helping people in Shropshire get the best from their health and social care services.

Local GPs can be found through the NHS Choices website.

Samaritans are there to listen and provide support 24/7.

Mind is a mental health national organisation that provide useful information.

If you are worried about discrimination or stigma surrounding mental health you should look at Time to Change for further information.

EasyHealth provide accessible leaflets with information about mental health issues, information about services and videos.

More national mental health helplines can be found on the NHS Choices website.


Fact Zone

There are 24 hours in a day which means you can spend a third asleep, a third at work and a third doing whatever makes you happy.
Try writing down all the things you need to get done and aiming to do a few each day instead of leaving them until the last minute.
Smiling can make ourselves and the people around us happy.
A good night'’s sleep can do wonders for your mental health.
Doing exercise has been proven to help keep both your body and mind healthy.
Join an online or offline group to find people with similar interests – you might meet some new friends.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else talk to a trusted friend, family member or GP.
If there’'s something you enjoy, like reading a book, set time aside each week to do that.  If not, set time aside to find a new interest.
Relax every now and again. Take time for yourself if you’re feeling stressed.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
Try not to worry about things that are out of your control.
Find out about mindfulness, a method of relaxing that even the scientists are excited about.
Find somewhere new to visit. Shropshire is a beautiful place with lots of interesting sights to see.
A cup of tea with a friend can be the most important thing you do this week.
Why not try doing something new – when we challenge ourselves it exercises our brain.
It'’s important to stay connected with the people you care about so why not invite a friend round for tea and a chat.
Stress is a part of life but there are ways you can deal with it effectively.
Take one day at a time.
Doing good can make us feel good.  For ideas in your community, check out our Downloads.
Try doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle every now and again to keep you mentally healthy.