Helping someone else

It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem. Our information is aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves too.

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Abuse support

Gives information that may help if you have experienced abuse or care for someone who has.

Addiction and dependency support

Gives information on where you can find support on addiction and dependency, which are often linked to mental health problems.

Advocacy

Explains what advocacy is, what types of advocacy are available and how you might access them.

Anger

Explains anger, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for help.

Anxiety and panic attacks

Explains anxiety and panic attacks, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for further support and treatment.

Benefits FAQ

Brief answers to some of the most common questions that our Infoline receives about benefits.

Bipolar

Explains what bipolar disorder is and gives suggestions for how you can offer support. Also provides information on what treatments are available and how someone with this diagnosis can help themselves cope.

Body dysmorphic disorder

Explains Body dysmorphic disorder, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Explains what BPD is and what it’s like to live with this diagnosis. Also provides information about self-care, treatment and recovery, and gives guidance on how friends and family can help.

Carers, friends and family - how to cope

Explains how to cope as a carer, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Crisis services

A guide to crisis services with information about where you can go for support.

Debt and mental health

Gives information about where you can get support with funding opportunities.

Depression

Explains depression, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Dissociative disorder

Explains dissociative disorder, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Drugs - street drugs

Explains the mental health effects of street drugs, what might happen if someone uses street drugs and also has a mental health problem, and suggestions for where they might find support.

Eating problems

Explains eating problems, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Financial help

Gives information about where you can get support with funding opportunities.

Hearing voices

About voices, who hears them and how to help someone who is experiencing them.

Hypomania and mania

Explains hypomania and mania, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Insurance

A guide to insurance cover and mental health, with information about what you can do to get support.

Loneliness

Explains loneliness, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

A brief legal guide to the Mental Capacity Act, including details of where you can go for further information or support for the person you are supporting.

Mental Health Act 1983

An overview of what someone's rights are under the Mental Health Act. Includes FAQs, explanations of legal terms and links to further information and support.

Mental health problems - introduction

Explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available. Also provides guidance on where to find more information, and tips for friends and family.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Explains obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Panic attacks

Brief tips about panic attacks and what might help.

Paranoia

Explains paranoia, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Parenting with a mental health problem

Advice on supporting a friend or family member who is a parent with a mental health problem.

Peer support

Describes peer support services and lists places to access them by area.

Personal budgets

A guide to personal budgets for social care, with information about what you can do to get support.

Phobia

Explains phobias, giving information on how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Postnatal depression

Explains postnatal depression, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Psychotic experiences

Explains psychotic experiences, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Schizoaffective disorder

Explains schizoaffective disorder, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Schizophrenia

Explains schizophrenia, giving practical suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Explains seasonal affective disorder, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Self-esteem

Explains how to increase self-esteem, giving practical suggestions for what someone can do and where they can go for support.

Self-harm

Explains self-harm, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Sleep - tips

Brief tips on how to cope with sleep problems.

Sleep problems

Explains insomnia and other sleep problems, giving practical suggestions for what someone can do and where they can go for support.

Stress

Explains what stress is, including possible causes, and how someone can learn to cope, with tips on how to relax.

Suicidal feelings

Explains what suicidal feelings are, including possible causes and how someone can learn to cope.

Suicide - supporting someone else

Explains how to support someone who is suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Supporting someone else to seek help

Guidance on offering emotional and practical support, what you can do when someone doesn't want to seek help, and supporting someone to seek help in a crisis. Also includes information about making empowered decisions and seeking help outside the NHS.

Tardive dyskinesia

Guidance on how you can help someone who experiences tardive dyskinesia. Explains what it is, what causes it and what someone can do to manage it.

Wellbeing

Explains how to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing, whether you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition or not.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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