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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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.

Bipolar disorder

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 borderline personality disorder (BPD) is, giving suggestions for how you can support someone and where they can go for treatment and further support.

Carers, friends & family - coping & support

Explains how to cope when supporting someone else, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Depression

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

Dissociative disorders

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

Drugs - recreational drugs & alcohol

Explains the mental health effects of recreational drugs and alcohol, and what might happen if you use recreational drugs and also have a mental health problem. Includes suggestions for where you 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.

Hearing voices

Explains what it's like to hear voices, giving suggestions for how you can help someone and where they can go for treatment and support.

Hoarding

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

How to find a therapist

Explains what talking therapies are, what happens during therapy, how to get the most from therapy and how to find a therapist.

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.

Mental health problems - introduction

Provides guidance on how you can support someone who is experiencing a mental health problem. Explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available.

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.

Personality disorders

Information for friends and family who want to help someone with a personality disorder diagnosis.

Phobias

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.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD are, 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.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

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

Psychosis

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-harm

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

Student life

Explains how you can support someone with a mental health problem who is studying or considering becoming a student.

Suicidal feelings - 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.

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