The global pandemic has been a worrying time for us all. The uncertainty and danger surrounding us in our everyday lives has taken its toll on the vast majority, and minding our mental health is as important as ever.
With that in mind, we turned to the expertise of one of our favourite lockdown discoveries in Trainee Health Psychologist Joe O’Brien’s increasingly popular Head First Instagram page (@headfirst0) and Podcast dedicated to promoting evidence based psychology and mental health information.
How to support a friend with their mental health⠀
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This is probably the most asked question I get. It is also one of the most difficult to answer. ⠀
There is no one size fits all when it comes to supporting people. Often the gentle approach is best, but for some they might respond better to a firmer approach. Some people might like to hear all of your suggestions for further support, others just need you to listen and not suggest anything. ⠀
This topic is hard, and there is no single answer. ⠀
I've been part of a 16 hour training programme that tries to answer this question for people who are supporting those with mental health difficulties. ⠀
To answer it in one post is near impossible, but these slides might be a useful guide. ⠀
The main points to take away are that:⠀
To get in touch about mental health support, email email@example.com or to get in touch with our booking team email firstname.lastname@example.org⠀
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