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Explains how to cope when supporting someone else, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.
There are organisations who can help make things easier for you. On this page we have listed some places and people who could offer you extra support.
Unfortunately, lack of funding means it isn't always easy to get the support you deserve – and some services are only available in certain places. However, it's worth finding out more about your options.
"I looked after my friend who was suicidal for weeks, not knowing what to do to help. When I was finally at the end of my tether, I called Samaritans. I didn’t realise they were able to help me too. After a relatively short phone call I was pointed in the right direction to get help for my friend and also for me."
"My GP says caring is a marathon not a sprint, so pace yourself accordingly!"
This information was published in March 2017. We will revise it in 2020.
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