Mental Health

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Mental Health – How does it really feel?
Mental health issues are more common than you might think. One in four of us will be affected at
some time, but despite this, it is still a scary and little-known subject.

It might be hard to see the signs.
If a relative, friend or someone else you know has a mental health issue, they may tell you. But if
they don’t, any of the following signs could suggest there’s something wrong:
– Anxious or irritable behaviour
– Mood swings
– Seeming to be withdrawn
– Self-harming
– Saying or doing unusual things
– Struggling to cope with work or studies
– Problems with concentration or memory

What can you do?
Encourage them to talk to their GP, and show your support by telling them:
– You want to listen
– All GP’s have mental health training and can help
– That you can go with them for support
– Their GP will not share any information without permission
– Most mental health problems can be treated

What if they don’t want help?
No-one can be forced to receive help, but you can contact their GP for them. You can talk to their GP
about their symptoms and behaviour, then the GP can will decide if they need to act.
If you think they are a serious risk to themselves or others, the NHS and social services may get
involved.
You can call the NHS in England direct or NHS 24 on 111. Or call the emergency Social Work Service
on 028 9504 9999 out of hours.

If you think that someone is in immediate risk to themselves or others – Call
999.

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